Innovation

Innovation from the edge

Our world’s full of big challenges, but at Plexal we think the solutions will come from organisations coming together and challenging each other.

This can only happen at the edge of your business: that unfamiliar, even occasionally unsettling place where you’ll encounter opposing views, new ideas and space to experiment – even fail.

We’re deliberately creating a diversity of thought by housing startups, scaleups, large corporations, charities and social enterprises from a spectrum of sectors side by side.

Through our programmes, we help clients access and nurture emerging ideas, or engineer the right conditions for them to test their hunches away from the comfort of their day-to-day business.

So step outside your four walls and join us to find your edge.

 

Our areas of focus

Cybersecurity

The home for industry-led cybersecurity innovation

Supporting innovators to scale, make the right connections and meet the need of industry.

Mobility

Putting people at the heart of innovation in mobility

Convening ideas and infrastructure to solve our biggest urban mobility challenges.

Social Inclusion

Supporting solutions that include everyone

Plexal’s partnered with My Life My Say to launch the Social Inclusion Unit.

Our work

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Work with us

Contact our innovation team for an initial conversation about your innovation challenges and our work.

What we do

Through our programmes, we help clients access and nurture emerging ideas, or engineer the right conditions for them to test their hunches away from the comfort of their day-to-day business.

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Innovation programmes like incubators and accelerators

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Live testbeds and
in-market experiments

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Bespoke
consultancy

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Convene stakeholders through forums and roundtables

Meet the team

Andrew Roughan

Andrew Roughan
Managing Director, Plexal

Andrew has spent the predominant part of his career in technology infrastructure sectors driving business transformation for enterprise clients and major cities.

He first got involved with Here East in 2011 as a founding member team and successfully acquired a 200-year lease from the London Legacy Development Corporation to transform the former Press and Broadcast Centres in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

His role as COO at Here East made him responsible for creating the ecosystem and community where large and small companies collide, allowing them to benefit from one another’s scale and creativity (while delivering on the legacy goals that Here East aspires to).

Andrew was appointed to be the managing director of Plexal to lead the innovation centre in convening a community that will solve some of the challenges that matter most to society.

Tony Markovski

Tony Markovski
Director of Innovation

Part mad professor (he holds degrees in Engineering Physics and Medicine and has a Masters in Psychology) and part business growth specialist, Swedish-born Markovski has business acumen, creativity and a genuine love of people in spades.

After spending 15 years spearheading change at Google, Adobe, Bazaarvoice and WPP, he’s helping Plexal’s clients transform their businesses and build purpose-driven teams that ultimately results in measurable growth. A believer in the power of behavioural insights and good old-fashioned empathy, he understands that innovation is carried out by people first and foremost.

In short, the sort of person you want holding your hand as you propel forwards into the next industrial revolution.

Francesca Lavey

Francesca Lavey
Programme Director, Mobility

Francesca specialises in making sense of the most important micro and macro trends while helping businesses respond to change and, if necessary, transform their entire strategy.

As head of innovation programmes, she’s responsible for delivering some of our highest-profile programmes, including a project Plexal is running for Innovate UK to help scale the country’s top startups in the manufacturing and materials sector.

She brings with her six years’ experience working across the business at Ernst & Young (EY), working in the Ventures team to reinvent the consulting business model, while solving some of the biggest market issues. Prior to that she worked closely with clients to help them identify and respond to the opportunities and threats created by disruptive and emerging technologies. Working closely with technology startups, scaleups and innovators, her work spanned everything from developing prototypes, products and platforms to horizon scanning, business strategy and crafting the right go-to-market approach.

Russell Gundry

Russell Gundry
Head of Innovation Strategy

Russell blends the insight of 10+ years spent defining strategy and managing change, with in depth understanding of social research methods, design, and systems thinking. Russell has founded a service design business, worked with world leading healthcare technologies, held senior commissioning roles in the public sector, and built a consulting career within Capgemini and GE Finnamore.

Russell facilitates the design of better, more integrated services around the needs of people; achieved by enabling an effective dialogue between stakeholders with very divergent perspectives and interests, and translating it into action.

Saj Huq

Saj Huq
LORCA Programme Director

Saj leads Cyber Innovation at Plexal and is the Programme Director for LORCA.

Prior to Plexal, he spent a number of years as a Management Consultant at Deloitte and PwC. He then moved into industry, leading strategic change at a PE-backed Property Finance firm where he helped them operationally scale towards achieving a UK Banking License, prepare for the incoming GDPR and improve their cyber and operational resilience in readiness for regulatory authorisation.

Saj started his career in the Royal Air Force, where he was a Commissioned Officer and Pilot. Outside of work, he is a keen runner; most frequently after his 2 young children, but also of the marathon variety too!

Prashant Lagisetti

Prashant Lagisetti
Innovation Lead

An entrepreneur himself, Prash is an innovation lead at Plexal – where he works with organisations to develop and deliver open innovation programmes. Whether he’s working with startups, corporates, academia, government organisations or a collaboration between them, he gains a deep understanding of their challenges before testing innovative solutions.

Before joining Plexal, Prash’s programme experience was developed by leading the running of the high-profile Arsenal Innovation Lab.

Tommy Ekman

Tommy Ekman
Innovation Lead

Tommy is an Innovation Lead at Plexal, where he works with large corporate clients to develop and deliver open innovation programmes. He is passionate about funding and building innovative businesses, projects and products from “an idea on a napkin” to successful ventures.

Before joining Plexal, Tommy worked at venture capital firm and accelerator BlueChilli, where he assisted in establishing their office and investment portfolio in Brisbane. He is an advisor to tech startups, has founded and driven his own business, and is a guest lecturer on entrepreneurship.

Our clients and partners

Contact the team