Welcome to Koje

Your plug and play Innovation department. Constant innovation is the hallmark of businesses that survive the test of time, but not all businesses can afford a dedicated innovation team. That’s where Studio Koje comes in. You do BAU and Koje functions as your innovation department on a project basis—remotely.

Don't let innovation take a back seat

Who does Koje work with?

You are a SME in any sector and want to provide value to your customers. You understand that product or service innovation is the key to that success, but you don’t have the capacity for a dedicated innovation team. Your time is mostly taken up by business as usual pressures. What you need is an innovation unicorn, that’s Studio Koje. I assess your business to spot commercial opportunities, conduct feasibility studies and develop strategic plans, business cases then investigate funding sources —the big picture stuff. After that, I execute the plan to completion by leveraging my professional networks then plug the outputs into your BAU. It’s a pretty smart way to respond to your commercial & innovation challenges. Standard consultancy tells you what to do, that’s OK if you have time. I do it for you with seamless integration—that’s real value.

Studio Koje in a nutshell

An experienced professional

I'm Kevin, the 'Ko' in 'Studio Koje'. In the last 13 years I’ve been a Research Engineer for Ford, Technical Director for a Product Design company in New Zealand and a Director for a social enterprise in the well-being sector.

Knowledge of different sectors

I’ve worked in a range of sectors including new product development, cryogenics, automotive, supplements, bio-security, social enterprise and charities. They all require a significant knowledge base to tackle compliance, performance, quality and innovation challenges. I leverage this unique cross-sector knowledge to bolster yours.

Access to a global pool of experts

From designers to financial experts, technicians and suppliers, Koje has your back. Each project is different, so I provide a free and rapid assessment of your needs and context, set focus, exit plan and success measures then base my pricing on your specific outputs and involvement. Don't let your bright ideas gather dust just because you don't have time—your business depends on it. Get in touch.

What Studio Koje can do for you​

Assess your business to map out opportunities to innovate, then set to work on quantifying and executing them. Studio Koje specializes in three main areas of activity which overlap to deliver those quality innovation outputs. 

Product & Service Innovation

Project Management & Delivery

Quality & Robustness Methods

Examples

Strategic planning | Product development | Business case development | Feasibility studies | Proof of concept | Project management | Funding research & application | Techno-economic analysis | Partnerships

Examples

Project planning | Process monitoring & reporting | Stakeholder engagement | Activity sequencing | Project de-risking | Technical documentation | Collateral design | Web and digital content | Continuous improvement tools

Examples

Failure Mode Effects analysis | Parameter diagrams | System state-flow development | Function tree and Interface diagrams | Design and systems thinking | Robustness check Lists | Product, process & systems validation

Is Innovation For You?

To find opportunities to innovate in your business first you have to explore. Download this free PDF to find out how the exploration process can work for you.

Current & Past Achievements

The diversity and quality of what I’ve achieved can be leveraged to help you deliver real value for your customers. From engineering to eCommerce, health foods and business development, Studio Koje relishes any commercial & innovation challenge. Click on the images for more details.

Proof of Concept Hybrid Engine

As an employee at Dearman, Kevin oversaw the delivery of a UK government funded 4mil GBP hybrid bus project. I designed and project managed a novel engine which uses liquid nitrogen.

A Food Supplement Enterprise

Kevin oversaw the management of all works covering legislative compliance, testing, import and export, process design, finance, marketing, web design, packaging design.

A Rural Development Portal

Design of a web portal to support the rural development aspirations of a legendary Portuguese village set in the the country's magic mountains.

Fumigant Recapture in Aotearoa

Kevin worked at Genera and designed a proof of concept gas scrubber system for use the Port of Tauranga in New Zealand. A first of its kind portable system to capture harmful gasses.

Exciting E-bike Tourism Business

From the business planning to financial models, pitch decks, funding sources, marketing and operations, Studio Koje is helping to introduce e-bikes to the rural tourism space.

Outdoor Education in Nepal

Strategic planning for an outdoor education foundation in Nepal. The sustainable social enterprise provides training for rural youth to gain employment in the adventure tourism sector.

Testimonials

I have worked with Kevin on forward model quality (failure mode avoidance, P-diagram, DFMEA) for stop-start systems in the past. He was always very proactive in getting the work moving and used strong interpersonal skills to assemble a cross-functional team to allow the project to be successful. He also led validation testing at the time, and his ability to switch between practical work and "theoretical" studies such as FMEA was impressive...showing conviction in his own abilities and maturity beyond his years.
Dr Robyn Pritchard
Ford Motor Company
I worked with Kevin on a project developing a novel hybrid vehicle. Kevin authored the complete technical requirements document for the engine and thermal control system. Kevin ensured that he obtained the salient information from all areas of the business to populate the requirements documents with accurate and precise information. Beyond this, Kevin the handled the supplier interface to ensure the system was delivered to the requirements and the documentation was kept current. I would highly recommend Kevin's services, and look forward to working with him again in the future.
Scott Snowden
Mclaren Applied Technologies

Let's talk about innovation in your business

There’s no time like the present, plus I’m confident that Studio Koje can help you.