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.

As a corporate, why should I consider working with startups? What are the benefits and risks involved? How should I structure my programmes in order to engage with them? And, as a startup, how should I approach corporates? What’s the best way to present my project?

If you have found yourself asking these questions, then the ‘What Works’ online repository is for you.

For two years Nesta, along with the Startup Europe Partnership, have been studying corporate-startup collaborations, by interviewing more than 60 corporates and almost 100 startups and scale-ups. The learnings from these conversations, as well as consultations with experts and analysis of secondary research, has led to the production of various useful materials (see gallery on the bottom of the page), including the reports Winning Together and Scaling Together.

Specifically, our online resources will help corporates to:

  • implement the most suitable programmes to achieve common goals
  • overcome internal and external barriers of collaborations
  • be inspired by case studies of other big organisations already working in this field.

It will help startups to:

This project was supported by the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), an initiative funded by the European Commission. SEP is the first pan-European open innovation platform dedicated to transforming European startups into scale-ups by linking them with global corporations.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644104.