About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

We want to see more innovative firms start and scale. On this page, you will find links to practical tools and advice to help you do this.

Resources for starting

Resources for scaling

Incubation and Acceleration

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, please see our directory of UK accelerator and incubator programmes. If you are not sure what an incubator or an accelerator is, or want to know how they compare with other types of startup support, see our Accelerating Startups research workstream.


Nesta invests in organisations with a high potential for social impact. For more information, see Nesta Investments and the FAQs about impact investing. Note that Nesta no longer provides direct grants to startups, except through targeted calls like our Inventor Prize and Longitude Explorer Prize. (Additionally, our procurement calls and tenders are here). Our website also contains information about crowdfunding, initial coin offerings, and other funding mechanisms.

Just looking for inspiration?

If you are just looking for inspiration, you may like to read some of our blogs:

Or head to the Help me Innovate toolkit to browse through other practical tools and resources!