Basekit is an online website design and build service, enabling users to create next generation websites quickly and easily using an on-screen 'drag and drop' technique, placing the website owner in full control of their own site.
The company is based in London, and is now available in multiple countries including the UK, France, Germany, Brazil and the US. Basekit was founded in 2008 by web design entrepreneurs and was a Seedcamp [link to funds page] winner that year
"Nesta has provided excellent support from the very earliest stages of our development. It built a solid relationship with the founders through their close involvement in Seedcamp, helping to refine the original prototype and go-to-market strategy. Since then they have not only provided significant capital over multiple rounds but have maintained an open and collaborative approach, always working closely with the team to tackle the challenges of our fast growing business as they arise." Juan Lobato, CEO, BaseKit
Cellnovo has produced a new kind of insulin pump that will dramatically improve treatment for people with diabetes. The device is considerably smaller than existing models due to the unique IP surrounding its pump and will be much more user friendly owing to its novel wireless and touch screen technology.
Dexela develops 3D breast imaging technology for the early detection of cancer.
Acquired in 2011by Perkin Elmer
"Nesta invested in January 2009, providing valuable additional support to the development of our CMOS detector range, which we have now commercialised. Nesta moved quickly through their investment process and have remained active and responsive since. They have made useful introductions and are a valued shareholder." Ed Bullard, Chief Executive, Dexela
eoSemi aims to remove the majority of clunky and expensive quartz crystals that are currently present in all electronic systems. The company is developing two technologies which will enable this; firstly, tiny, integratable silicon oscillator circuits which do not require a discrete resonator to maintain parts per million levels of frequency accuracy and secondly, low power/low noise oscillator solutions which can provide mobile smart devices with all required frequency references, clocking and timing from a single resonator.
“All early-stage technology companies need investors like Nesta. They have the prerequisite passion for technology in general, the vision to see past the many obstacles faced by innovators and most importantly the experience to support the founders and the management through the inevitable difficult periods.” Simon Calder, CEO, eoSemi
A spin-out from the University of Cambridge, Featurespace use Adaptive Behavioural Analytics to address consumer marketing and fraud detection for large internet retailers and gaming and spread-betting firms.
A spin out form Leicester University, Haemostatix Ltd is developing an innovative product for the control of bleeding during surgery and trauma.
Meciria developed a novel drill steering tool for the oil and gas well industries.
Acquired in 2012
Plaxica is an emerging leader in the development of the next generation of renewable polymers or plastics. These will be both cheaper to produce and have improved properties compared with first generation biopolymers.
"Nesta have been practical and supportive in their dealings with Plaxica. They clearly understand the vision for the company and are actively helping us realise it." Dr John Hamlin, CEO, Plaxica
Playmob enables virtual giving in games for real-world causes.
Creates novel polymers based on tunable fluorescent chemistry for diagnostic tests.
Acquired by Becton Dickinson in 2012
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Independent games developer, including the hugely popular smart-phone game, “Zombies, Run!”
Founded in 2007, Skimlinks is the leading content monetization platform that rewards publishers for the role their content plays in creating purchase intent. Skimlinks processes 300 million clicks a month on over 140,000 sites around the web, including Conde Nast, Gawker, AOL Europe, WordPress, Hearst Digital, Haymarket Consumer Media, Telegraph Media Group, and many more. Skimlinks is a team of 55 with offices in London, San Francisco, and New York.
"Our Nesta investment has helped us to grow our dynamic Skimlinks team, with additions of integral members in the management team to set our strategies along with those to implement them. It has also allowed us to develop a whole new range of products and tools, and expand our operations into the US." Alicia Navarro, CEO, Skimlinks
Symetrica specializes in the detection and identification of radioisotopes for Security Applications.
"A convertible loan from Nesta in 2004 funded the development of our first prototype, demonstrating the capability of Symetrica's technology. Nesta then provided valuable input to board deliberations and participated at each subsequent investment round, helping the company to establish its first commercial products and create an exciting product pipeline" Dr Brian Lever, Operations Director, Symetrica
A spin-out from Imperial College, Veryan Medical Ltd is developing medical devices that mimic the swirling nature of blood-flow through the body.
"Nesta is one of our longest standing investors, backing the company in its development plans since 2004." Chas Taylor, CEO, Veryan Medical