Nesta Impact Investments backs innovative businesses that focus on creating social and environmental good.

What we do

Nesta Impact Investments provide financial, knowledge and network capital to innovative tech ventures that are changing the world for good. We look to back businesses that are closely aligned to Nesta’s Mission impact goals; improving school readiness at age 5 and secondary school attainment, tackling obesity, reducing household carbon emissions and improving productivity. We invest in: edtech, foodtech, healthtech, climate tech, the future of work and productivity.

Nesta is an investment partner in UKRI’s Healthy Ageing Challenge. We provide funding for businesses that are developing solutions to extend years of healthy living. You can find out more about this here.

Our mission

We want to harness the power of commercial innovation and technology to support Nesta’s missions. Recent years have seen a rise in the number of sustainable and scalable business ventures with the aim of solving major social challenges and improving the lives of millions of people. These ventures need access to the right kind of capital and support to enable them to grow and bring the benefit of innovation to bear on some of the most intractable problems society faces.

Our mission is to invest in high-impact innovations run by outstanding entrepreneurs to make real and lasting social impact in the UK, while generating financial returns.

Our approach

We invest between £500k and £1m in Seed-to-Series-A tech start-ups that are developing innovations that align with Nesta’s three mission areas. We are an experienced team of venture capitalists, impact investors, sector experts and evaluators backed by Nesta, the UK’s social innovation agency. Committed to supporting outstanding entrepreneurs, we bring the skills, networks and resources of our team, and the 250-strong team at Nesta, to support ventures to deliver social change. Our expertise and guidance helps portfolio companies to grow their reach, demonstrate their impact and become financially sustainable.

Team

Nathan Elstub

Nathan Elstub

Nathan Elstub

Executive Chair, Impact Investment Committee

Nathan chairs Nesta’s Impact Investment Committee with lead responsibility for governance of Nesta’s direct investment activity.

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Isabel Newman

Isabel Newman

Isabel Newman

Associate Investment Director - (Secondment)

Isabel is an Associate Investment Director in Nesta’s Impact Investment Team.

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John Loder

John Loder

John Loder

Investment Director - Health Sector, Impact Investments

John is an Investment Director in Nesta’s Impact Investment Team, leading our work to back ventures that align with A Healthy Life Mission.

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Leo Chandler

Leo Chandler

Leo Chandler

Investment Associate, Impact Investments

Leo is an Investment Associate in Nesta’s Impact Investment Team. He works on transactions across Nesta’s impact missions with a focus on A Sustainable Future.

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Lisa Barclay

Lisa Barclay

Lisa Barclay

Executive Director of Investments, Impact Investments

Lisa is Nesta’s Executive Director of Investments with responsibility for Nesta’s direct impact investment activity, supporting transformational technology ventures.

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Emma Neale

Emma Neale

Emma Neale

Operations Manager

Emma is the Operations Manager for Nesta’s Impact Investment Team.

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Alex Hook

Alex Hook

Alex Hook

Senior Investment Director, Impact Investments

Alex is responsible for managing Nesta’s portfolio of direct investments in early stage UK technology companies, as well as Nesta’s fund of fund investments.

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Hannah Spencer

Hannah Spencer

Hannah Spencer

Compliance Officer, Impact Investments

As Compliance Officer, Hannah oversees the Nesta Investment Team's obligations to the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Jo Ward

Jo Ward

Jo Ward

Executive Assistant, Impact Investments

Joanne is the Executive Assistant to the Nesta Impact Investment Team and has been at Nesta since 2014.

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Tolly Humphreys

Tolly Humphreys

Tolly Humphreys

Investment Associate, Impact Investment Team

Tolly is an Investment Associate in Nesta’s Impact Investment Team. He works on transactions across Nesta’s impact missions with a focus in Healthy Ageing.

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