Zinc builds new tech companies that solve the developed world’s toughest social issues.

Learning from the successful innovation systems in computer and life sciences, Zinc combines insights from social sciences with top entrepreneurial talent and venture capital to build new, scalable mission-led businesses.

The Zinc Programme brings together 50 bright minds for 6 months to find their co-founders and build new commercial businesses from scratch.

Each programme has a single mission, to solve a social problem which affects at least 100m people.

The team behind Zinc

Co-Founder, Chairman


Co-Founder, CEO


Co-Founder, GM


Saul is a partner at LocalGlobe, a UK-based venture capital firm.

His investment career includes being a partner at Index Ventures and he specialises in early-stage tech companies.

Saul was co-founder of Seedcamp, the first tech accelerator in Europe.He has been closely involved in the formation of many successful businesses, including Lovefilm, MOO and Kano.


Paul is a former partner at KPMG and the global head of public services and government. In his career, he has been Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit, as well as working in the media, education, transport and urban regeneration sectors.

Paul is currently a Director of Bethnal Green Ventures, a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics & Political Science and a Non-Executive Director of the Cabinet Office.


Ella is a former Strategy Director at IPG Mediabrands, one of the world’s largest media agencies, working with global leading brands.

She is the Co-Founder of NewCo UK, which connects the most successful large corporates with the most innovative start-ups in the UK.

Ella started her career as an engineer in Tel Aviv’s hi tech aerospace industry, before becoming a consultant to tech firms.



Chief Scientist


Head of Ops


Head of Partnerships


Rachel is an Associate Consultant for UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change and a former Senior Behaviour Change Research Advisor at Bupa.

Rachel has a PhD in health communication and driver behaviour. She has experience in research, teaching and consultancy across a range of theoretical and applied projects in behavioural science.


Julia is a former Business and Ops Manager at Survation and Ghost. She has worked in both startups and established businesses in Market Research & Political Polling, TV and Design. 

With an MSc in International Politics from SOAS, Julia has a strong interest in sustainable impactful social innovation.


Ollie is a former McKinsey & Company Consultant where he worked on projects across the private sector and government, e.g. leading a project on the sustainability strategy for a global car company, and managing the education initiatives in Sierra Leone's post-ebola recovery programme.

Ollie has also worked in tech and for multiple NGOs. He studied Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh and University of California, Berkeley.