Why are we doing this?
We want to see the power of innovation and technology used to address big social issues.
We are seeing a rise in the number of social ventures with a mission to solve major social challenges and improve the lives of millions of people, as well as growing sustainable and scalable businesses. These ventures need access to the right capital and support to enable them to grow and bring the benefit of innovation to everyone in society.
Our mission is to invest in high impact innovations run by outstanding entrepreneurs. We invest primarily to create real and lasting social impact in the UK, as well as generating a financial return for our investors.
What are we doing?
We invest between £150k and £1m in social ventures developing innovations that tackle the major challenges faced by older people, children and communities in the UK.
We are an experienced team of sector experts, venture capitalists, impact investors and evaluators backed by Nesta, a strong, innovative institution. Committed to supporting outstanding entrepreneurs, we bring the skills, networks and resources of our team and from across Nesta, to support ventures to deliver on their mission.
We provide our portfolio companies with expertise and guidance, helping them to grow their reach, demonstrate their impact and become financially sustainable.
Nesta Impact Investments is managed by Nesta’s fund management arm Nesta Investment Management, with funding from Big Society Capital, Omidyar Network and Nesta itself.
The fund launched in November 2012 and aims to make a total of 15-20 investment over its life.