At Nesta we are managing the Innovation in Giving fund backed through £10 million from the Cabinet Office. The fund is investing in, supporting and growing innovative ideas that will bring about a step-change in the giving and exchange of time, assets, skills, resources and money.
One of my favourite things about these amazing Olympics has been the Games Makers. That's the 70,000 or so volunteers that can be seen across Central London and at Olympic venues all over the country.
The past week has been a showcase of British Olympic ambition, not just on the track, field and water, but also in the opening ceremony.
With the intensive and sophisticated learning regime that it has developed, the RCA feels that it has a lot to give other incubators. But will it deliver on this? Nesta who is a major supporter of the initiative has high hopes that it can.
Around seven million tickets have been sold for the London Olympics and if the viewing figures for the Athens Olympics are anything to go by, a further four billion people will tune in at least once to watch the Olympics on TV.
The annual National Investment Summit run by the UK Business Angels Association, which I attended recently, illustrated the growth of angel investing in the UK and its increasing sophistication.
Today we’re launching a comprehensive new report on the Indian innovation system - the result of a partnership with the FCO Science and Innovation Network, Research Councils UK India and the UK-India Education and Research Initiative.
UK business investment in innovation looks to have fallen sharply since the 2008 financial crisis. More intriguingly, there are signs of a longer-standing investment problem that started long before 2008.
Enterprise education and professional development are critical to growing the nation's talent and businesses. But in these cash-strapped times, where can businesses find the help they need?
Yesterday, I was delighted to host Skinder Hundal and his team from the excellent New Art Exchange (NAE) in Nottingham to mark a key stage in the evolution of their Culture Cloud project.
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