On this page you will find links to our practical tools and advice which we hope will be of benefit to startups themselves.
Nesta publishes a range of material relevant to startups and entrepreneurs, available for free on our website. This includes learning material for skills development, such as guidance on setting up a new venture, using Osterwalder’s ‘business model canvas' and many other tools and resources.
If you are considering working with a larger company, we have specific advice on corporate-startup collaboration.
You may also find these external resources valuable:
- BIS Business is Great
- Startup Britain
- British Library Business & IP division
- Digital Business Academy
- Growth hubs
Nesta does not directly incubate or accelerate startups, but has supported external programmes which do this, such as Bethnal Green Ventures, Seedcamp and Techstars. If you are looking to find an incubator or accelerator, you might find our directory of UK accelerator and incubator programmes helpful.
If you are not sure what an accelerator is, or how it compares with other types of startup support, you might be interested in our Accelerating Startups research stream.
Nesta invests in organisations that can show a high potential for social impact. For more information, and links to other organisations that might help with funding, see our Get Funding section.
Alternatively, if you are interested in crowdfunding your startup, you might be interested in our directory of crowdfunding sites, CrowdingIn.com, which can help your find the right platform.
You may also like to check whether there are any current InnovateUK funding competitions which are relevant to you.
In addition, keep an eye on the Inventor Prize, which will be announced soon.