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Nesta Impact Investments is a £17.6m fund investing in life-changing innovations that help tackle the major challenges faced by older people, children and communities in the UK.

Our mission

We want to see the power of innovation and technology used to address big social issues.

We are seeing a rise in the number of social ventures with a mission to solve major social challenges and improve the lives of millions of people, as well as growing sustainable and scalable businesses. These ventures need access to the right capital and support to enable them to grow and bring the benefit of innovation to everyone in society.

Our mission is to invest in high impact innovations run by outstanding entrepreneurs. We invest primarily to create real and lasting social impact in the UK, as well as generating a financial return for our investors.

Our approach

We invest between £150k and £1m in social ventures developing innovations that tackle the major challenges faced by older people, children and communities in the UK.

We are an experienced team of sector experts, venture capitalists, impact investors and evaluators backed by Nesta, a strong, innovative institution. Committed to supporting outstanding entrepreneurs, we bring the skills, networks and resources of our team and from across Nesta, to support ventures to deliver on their mission.

We provide our portfolio companies with expertise and guidance, helping them to grow their reach, demonstrate their impact and become financially sustainable.

Nesta Impact Investments is managed by Nesta’s fund management arm Nesta Investment Management, with funding from Big Society Capital, Omidyar Network and Nesta itself.

The fund launched in November 2012 and aims to make a total of 15-20 investment over its life.

Get in touch

If you have a social venture that has the potential for social impact and has a sound business model, contact us at: [email protected].

Team

Nathan Elstub

Nathan Elstub

Nathan Elstub

Chief Investment Officer

Nathan joined Nesta in 2015 as Chief Investment Officer with overall responsibility for the organisation's investment activities.

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Manish Miglani

Manish Miglani

Manish Miglani

Investment Director

Manish joined Nesta Impact Investments in 2015 as an Investment Director and works on the fund's investments across sectors.

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Isabel Newman

Isabel Newman

Isabel Newman

Impact Investments Analyst

Isabel is an Impact Investment Analyst in the Nesta Impact Investments team. She supports all stages of the investment process from initial appraisal through to deal execution and po...

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Lucy Heady

Lucy Heady

Lucy Heady

Impact Director

In her role as Impact Director for the investments team Lucy works with portfolio companies to measure their impact and assesses the likely impact of potential investments. She also ...

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Helen Gironi

Helen Gironi

Helen Gironi

Investment Director, Nesta Impact Investments

Helen joined Nesta Impact Investments in January 2016 as Investment Director, and works across the fund’s investment themes making investments and managing the portfolio.

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