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.


Inventor Prize launches

Summer 2017

Deadline for entries

Autumn 2017

Announcement of finalists

Winter 2017

Award event

Autumn 2018

The Inventor Prize was a pilot, run by Nesta and funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Through funding and non-financial support, it aimed to help smaller inventors overcome the barriers they face.


Maddy Kavanagh

Maddy Kavanagh

Maddy Kavanagh

Programme Manager - Sustainable Communities, Nesta Challenges

At Nesta Challenges, Maddy is a Programme Manager for the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize. She also works on the business development side of Nesta Challenges.

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Emma Renowden

Emma Renowden

Emma Renowden

Assistant Programme Manager

Emma was an Assistant Programme Manager working in the Challenge Prize Centre, supporting the delivery of a number of prizes, including the Mobility Unlimited Challenge.

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