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.

Challenge Works previously called Nesta Challenges, was founded in 2012 as a dedicated unit within Nesta and in 2022 became a social enterprise to reflect a shift in priorities and focus.

Challenge Works runs challenges prizes that attract innovators to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. They focus on improving health, climate adaptation and mitigation and social inclusion. 

For more than a decade, Challenge Works has established itself as a global leader in the design and delivery of high-impact challenge prizes that incentivise cutting-edge innovation for social good. Between 2012-2022, Challenge Works has successfully set 87 challenges and disseminated a total prize pot of over £222.5 million, working with innovators finding radical solutions across the world.

Find out more about Challenge Works and our team.