About Us

Tenshi is an innovation consultancy with significant experience in open innovation practices, innovation process management platforms and early stage design.

As an innovation consultancy, we understand how to help organisations to become curious, to be inspired, and to better articulate the innovation challenges they face. Partnering with us creates meaningful, useful and original solutions. We stimulate innovativeness within our clients’ teams and staff, embedding design thinking and creating strategic, commercial, long term value.

Tenshi means Angel in Japanese, and was formed after recognising the need to accelerate innovation in SME’s, by the UK Government. We’ve delivered Innovate UK’s ‘IC tomorrow’ programme over the past 5 years and have successfully written and led other innovation consortia. In early 2016 a MBO led to a broadening of our offering.

Our Values

We will consistently deliver unique, tailored solutions to stimulate innovation within your organisation.

We deliver successful innovation solutions with limited resources by identifying and using the strengths of your organisation whilst finding collaboration opportunities which will benefit both parties.

Impactful innovation means stepping outside your comfort zone, we will help you to choose an innovation journey to deliver maximum value and grow beyond what was thought possible.


Victoria Milne


Victoria is a qualified, award winning industrial designer with a wide range of skill and expertise in innovation, branding and strategy. She has worked internationally for Philips Design, Unilever, Saatchi & Saatchi and the Brand Union amongst others. In a consulting capacity throughout her career Victoria delivered design led innovation strategy which has revolutionised clients including Wedgewood Royal Doulton, The Banking Council of South Africa and RentWorks.

Steve Price

Managing Director

Steve has a background in Computer Science and Management Consulting, with a decade’s experience advising on and implementing innovation strategy across organisations in the Public Sector, academia, NGOs and various large corporations. His work with the Technology Strategy Board resulted in a successful digital programme in Tech City, which led to the creation of a smart city based programme for Amey PLC, who in turn delivered better services for their clients as a direct result.

Our Blog

Five 3D innovations happening now

3D printing has seen some real developments in recent years to become sought after technology across a wide range of industries. According to the International Data Corporation, the 3D printing market is expected to generate nearly $35 billion in revenue by 2020, compared to the $16 billion created four years ago.

The use of Design Thinking in increasing SME Productivity

However, Design Thinking has not yet become a mainstream innovation methodology. Whilst private sector training exists, these are not directed to the SME’s who need it most.

Tackling the UK’s Productivity Problem

We face a productivity puzzle; however we have a significant amount of research that supports and even directs us toward a powerful solution. Design Thinking has the potential to step change the UK’s productivity.

Using Open Innovation to help better communicate roadworks activity with citizens.

We ran a challenge-led open innovation trial, called ‘Dare to Solve’, looking for digital solutions to increase citizen awareness and knowledge of roadworks.

How do you define Innovation?

Innovation is a very bandied around term in the world of business today but when we strip it back to its origins, what does it really mean?

How to benchmark your organisations Innovation Maturity

Often it is necessary to motivate for budget for innovation programmes. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is to assess the current state of innovation maturity in the organisation.

Innovation borne out of a challenge

Running challenge led accelerator trials are highly effective in fostering a culture of innovation that can in turn generate growth.

Insights lead to innovation, but what is an insight?

An insight is something in (your) sight, that wasn’t, before now. It exists already, but not something that you’ve opened your eyes to before.

The Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator

Working together with Lloyd’s Register we have been setting up a Safety Accelerator, to accelerate the adoption of digital technology for safety.

How to successfully apply for grant funding

Its not only difficult for businesses to get traditional forms of investment, it can also be very time consuming and expensive. However the opportunity to receive public funds and resource support, if your solution fits the criteria for a government grant, is a powerful enabler.