Are you searching for a clearer direction and need a solid plan to take your business to the next level?

Whether you are wanting to attract more clients, improve your marketing, create a new product or program, generate new income streams, or build a rock star team to support you, the Business Design Lab is where it all gets created!

who we are

Unlike any other business workshop or seminar the Business Design Lab combines decades of experience of 2 brilliant power partners:

  • Robert Shaw has over a 30 year international career in the United Nations and was appointed as the first Head of Innovation in the UN system. He is a global expert in innovation, technology and design thinking principles.
  • Vanessa Shaw has over a decade of working with startups to billion dollar companies and built a 7-figure business from scratch in 4 years, in a brand new country! She is an expert in helping business owners get out of their own way and translate their own gifts and brilliance into lucrative businesses. Vanessa has helped hundreds of businesses internationally to break through their upper limit.

They will be bringing all of their expertise and experience to work with you side-by-side in this highly interactive 2-day lab limited to a maximum of 12 participants. If you love to work and be supported in a highly hands-on way, this is for you! You’ll leave with new creative ideas, the most effective strategies and fired up and ready to implement a solid game plan to take your business to the next level.

what we provide

The 2-day Business Design Lab includes:

  • Kickstart with a Business Design Blueprint

  • Jumpstart Call with Robert & Vanessa

  • 2 days of hands-on creativity, innovation and business design uniquely tailored for you

  • Cocktails and Dinner with Vanessa & Robert at the close of Day 1


+1 (602) 730-5937

until the next BUSINESS DESIGN LAB

About Vanessa

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Recognized as savvy and sophisticated yet widely respected for her business brilliance, Vanessa Shaw is an International Business Success Coach and Inspirational Speaker.

Both lauded by her clients and admired by peers, her zone of genius is helping ambitious entrepreneurs and business leaders earn more income, make a bigger impact, and enjoy greater freedom.

Through her BOUTIQUE BUSINESS SCHOOL programs catering to different levels of business and income aspirations, including ACCELERATE, STELLAR and ELITE, Vanessa has taught and inspired thousands around the globe to BE BOLD. PLAY BIGGER.®

Leveraging years of experience working with startups to billion-dollar companies – and possessing a natural gift to connect with any audience – Vanessa is also a highly sought-after speaker and authority who can deliver moving and inspirational talks that empower attendees to get out of their own way and play a much bigger game in business and life.

Her workshops and events, including her annual 3-day signature BIG BOLD EVENTBUSINESS BREAKTHROUGH INTENSIVES, and BOLD WOMEN IN BUSINESS, demonstrate her natural ease and presence on stage and an ability to deliver practical insights and inspiration for those aspiring for more success in their business and life.

Vanessa’s broad international experience as a business coach includes clients such as The World Economic Forum, KPMG, Oracle, The Global Fund, London-based law firm Cameron McKenna, Sandler Training, and many other professional service providers. Originally from the UK and having lived in Europe for most of her life, Vanessa has worked for the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and held multiple senior leadership roles within the International Coach Federation at both the Swiss and global levels. She is a highly-accredited Business & Executive Coach who has dedicated years to her own professional and personal development. Her experience and skills as a coach combined with the hard-earned knowledge of what it really takes to be an entrepreneur and to create a business from scratch has led Vanessa to a genuine passion for coaching and mentoring small and medium size businesses and entrepreneurs.

An important part of Vanessa’s business philosophy is to positively impact the lives of others by contributing to charitable causes and helping others who are less fortunate.

You can learn more about Vanessa and her BOUTIQUE BUSINESS SCHOOL programs at You can ALSO connect with her on FacebookLinkedInTwitter @vcshaw, and Instagram @boutiquebusinesslifestyle.

For all enquiries, including for speaking engagements, please contact her team by telephone at +1 (602) 730-5937 or by email at

until the next BUSINESS DESIGN LAB

About Robert

About Robert Shaw

Robert Shaw has extensive international experience as a digital strategist and innovator with wide-ranging experience bridging the information technology, communications and Internet industries. He is passionate about advancing the practice of creativity, design, innovation and entrepreneurship whether at an individual, team or organizational level.

With more than 30 years of international experience in the United Nations system – working in more than 60 countries – he was most recently Head of Innovation at the ITU, a UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies based in Geneva, Switzerland. In that role, he provided strategic thought leadership on innovation, design thinking and entrepreneurship for the United Nations family and its member states. Besides advising governments on how to build national innovation capabilities and his work with youth and young entrepreneurs, he founded ITU Academy, a global face-to-face and online training initiative for building skills in entrepreneurship and information and communication technologies in over 120 locations around the globe.

He has facilitated numerous innovation workshops and headed a project in 2013 to produce the first crowdsourced contribution to the UN General Assembly in support of youth, young entrepreneurs and social innovators. He has acted as an expert in numerous fora, including at the World Economic Forum, World Bank Group, OECD, UNESCO, Interpol, European Commission, US State Department and Department of Commerce, FCC, ISO and the G20. Mr. Shaw has spoken at numerous conferences and authored papers, including a chapter in the Global Innovation Index.

He has a Masters in Business and Telecommunications from the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands. He has trained in Design Thinking at Stanford’s d.School in Palo Alto and the Design Thinkers Academy in Amsterdam.