Mission 1


We believe in the power of missions to mobilise the best talent, ideas and capital, to achieve scale of impact.

We have 3 criteria for choosing a Zinc mission: it must tackle one of the great unmet needs in the developed world; the target addressable market must exceed 100m people in the developed world alone; there must be lots of unexploited opportunities to disrupt, extend and improve existing services through new technologies and insights from research.

Our First Mission: Women and Girls' Emotional and Mental Health, October 2017

The current high-profile crisis in mental and emotional health is due to not enough good solutions to help people improve their own health or to enable professionals to support individuals needing specialist support.

This is clearly a huge agenda.

Over 800 people applied for our first programme from which 55 highly talented individuals have been recruited to be Zinc Mission 1 Founders. 

The Founders have backgrounds in computer science, entrepreneurship, consulting, medicine, UX/UI design, and more.

Our cohort as an equal mix of women and men, they represent more than 19 countries, over half of them have experience within early stage start-ups, with an average age of 33 and with over a third above the age of 35.


We now closed applications for our first mission. If you want to apply to our future missions, please register using the link on this page.


Here are some of our first mission Founders:

Amit Khutti
Health Expert & Tech Entrepreneur


In 2011 Amit co-founded DrEd which is now Europe’s largest online GP service.

His background includes McKinsey, Civil service and NHS.

His time at DrEd convinced Amit that technology will be even more transformative in mental health than in physical health, which is why he decided to join Zinc, to find a co-founder for his new venture.

Nina Kumari
Medical Doctor, Entrepreneur


Nina is a qualified doctor from Imperial College, who is a founding team member and the COO of a new digital health start-up that is looking to revolutionise clinical communication.

She is also the founder of a new tutoring platform.

Nina is joining Zinc to start up her own HealthTech business, and find co-founders who can help her scale and grow that business.

Hugh Boys
Design Engineer, PhD


Hugh is a design engineer who’s interests lie in novel human computer interfaces and product design.

He is a PhD from Queen Mary University of London. He also attained a MSc in Design Innovation.

Hugh is joining Zinc to meet co-founders who can help commercialise his pioneering innovation, within the mental health space.

Zinc Fellows


Celia Romaniuk
User Experience


Cynthia Joyce
Mental Health Research

Denzyl Feigelson
User Experience


Farhana Mann
Social Connectedness

Emma Stanton
Mental Health Innovation


Gregor Henderson
Public Health


Jessica Butcher
Tech Business

Iain Jordan

Oli Barrett


Olga Perski
Digital Engagement

Nicola Byrom
Young People

Peter Robinson
Human Computer Interaction


Tim Davey

Jonathan Guppy

Jonathan Guppy
Team Dynamics

James Woollard
Digital Mental Health