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.

'Paths to Scale: Finance lessons from European entrepreneurs' was published by Nesta as a way to help entrepreneurs through spreading knowledge of best practices.

Paths to Scale combines an exploration of different funding methods with real-life success stories, and aims to help aspiring entrepreneurs overcome financial inhibitors for success — anything from a lack of confidence in their ability to their perceptions of future hurdles.

We spoke to 26 entrepreneurs across Europe, who opened up about their path to success. 17 of these case studies appear in the report; the remaining appear on this page below.