Innovation services

To go boldly…

The Earth spins at about 1,000 miles an hour each day. But you don’t notice this because you, and everything else on the planet, is also spinning at the same, constant speed.

Change is happening all around us, with new technology, societal trends and ideological shifts tilting businesses off course in small and big ways.

We think companies that have a sense of purpose and draw on the right technology have the ability to be a force for good in the world, impacting on everything from how we power our cities to what we put in our bodies.

If you work with our Innovation Services team, you can expect us to listen, question and challenge you to find out what you really need.

There is no menu of options here: instead, we’ll craft a completely bespoke programme and build an engine that delivers sustainable growth for your business in the long term.

We’ll focus on outcomes that are bold and audacious – but also achievable and tied to your goals. Are you ready?

Browse our case studies

See how we’ve helped our clients do things differently.

Innovation, our way

Scale ideas across borders and within companies using our deep networks and partnerships

Empower individuals in your company to be innovators and drive genuine cultural change

Draw on the latest industry insights, trends and expert analysis

Forge connections and deep collaboration between corporates, academia, creatives and tech startups across sectors – innovation is borne out of diversity

Try, learn and iterate

Identify the right metrics so we really understand what’s working

Tap into the entrepreneurial creativity at Plexal, where tech startups are innovating in everything from AI, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things to data analytics, augmented reality and healthtech

Rebels with a cause: meet our team

Our team of innovators has decades of experience in delivering revenue-generating innovation programmes, enabling organisation-wide cultural shifts and helping businesses plan for – and thrive on – change.

Claire Cockerton

CEO & Founder, Plexal

Claire is Founder & CEO of Plexal with expertise in tech clusters, innovation services and startup ecosystems. She founded ENTIQ, an innovation advisory and delivery firm, responsible for running world-leading innovation programmes for companies such as EY, Euroclear, Dassault Systemes and many more. ENTIQ also designed and delivered Cognicity, a smart city technology pilot programme in Canary Wharf which resulted in job creation, investment, awards, international exposure and client contracts for the participating SMEs.

Having designed and developed the Level39 Technology Accelerator in its first two years, Claire was responsible for building the brand of Fintech not only for Canary Wharf but more broadly for the UK, working closely with fintech businesses and large banks alike to understand the challenges and opportunities for innovation and growth in new finance.

Claire was founding Director and CEO of Innovate Finance (IF), a City of London and Canary Wharf Group-backed movement for a more diverse, resilient, accessible and consumer-centric financial services sector. Launched by ENTIQ, 54 fintech Founders and the Chancellor, Innovate Finance’s vision was to radically transform every aspect of banking to deliver more choice, better products and services, and benefit to society. Claire’s work since the very inception resulted in favourable policy change for fintech businesses, a regional outreach strategy, trade missions to New York and Singapore, historic events (such as the inaugural IF global summit), 100-plus members, and a strong, recognised brand with a powerful mission at its heart.

An Imperial College MBA alumna, specialising in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design, her distinguished thesis explored incubators, tech transfer and accelerator models from around the world. She helped establish the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in Johannesburg, South Africa and she advised the Guardian Media Group on their ‘Digital First’ transformation strategy. During her time at The Guardian, she helped implement a company-wide change programme resulting in the launch of their world-class apps, dynamic web content and social media penetration.

Prior to coming to the UK in 2009, Claire founded, grew and sold Aesthetic Earthworks, a multi-million dollar sustainable architecture firm which pioneered environmentally friendly property development and care, based in Toronto, Canada.

Claire is an active member of the Guild of Entrepreneurs, The Mayor of London’s Tech Ambassador Group, Tech London Advocates, Women in Tech and is a fellow at the Royal Society of the Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.

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.

Lydia Ragoonanan

London Cyber Innovation Centre programme manager

Lydia Ragoonanan is the programme lead for the London Cyber Innovation Centre. She caught the bug to support collaboration between startups and large organisations during her four years at Nesta, where she designed and ran programmes to test and scale new social innovations.

Before working at Nesta, Lydia was the principal strategist at the New Zealand Transport agency where she wove behavioural insights approaches and user design into the fabric of the organisation. While at the Transport Agency, she was the Australasian representative on the World Road Forum’s funding and finance committee. And in past professional lives, she’s also been an internal auditor and a private secretary in the civil service.

In her spare time, Lydia enjoys the great outdoors, geeking out on podcasts and having adventures with her six-year-old daughter.

Tommy Ekman

Innovation project coordinator

Tommy has a genuine passion for the startup way of innovating. Before Joining Plexal he assisted Australian venture capital fund and accelerator BlueChilli in founding a satellite office in Brisbane . He has acted as an advisor to businesses across Australia, and has been part of multiple journeys that have transformed ideas into million-dollar startups.

He is an ambassador for Angelhack, the world’s largest hackathon organization, and a university guest lecturer on entrepreneurship.

Sam Hunt

Innovation programme manager

When he’s not regaling us with piano concertos, Hunt delivers innovation programmes for clients and helps bridge connections between startups, scaleups, corporates and academia.

Before joining Plexal, Hunt designed and delivered workshops for Capgemini and helped shape its emerging tech and innovation capability in the UK.

We’re a community of innovators and entrepreneurs, so we live and breath innovation every day

Plexal City, our innovation centre in east London, hosts 800 tech innovators who, together, are building products to changing the world as we approach the fourth industrial revolution.

Meet some of our community.

Contact Us

We want to hear all about your hopes, dreams and what’s keeping you up at night.

Our Innovation Services team would love to have a starter conversation and show you around the Plexal workspace.