Nesta Challenges exists to design and run challenge prizes that help solve pressing problems that lack solutions. We shine a spotlight where it matters and incentivise people to solve these issues. We are independent, supporters of change to help communities thrive and inspire the best placed, most diverse groups of people around the world to take action. We support the boldest and bravest ideas to become real, and seed long term change to advance society and build a better future for everyone..
Our work falls within several keys areas
But our holistic approach also recognises that problems are often multidisciplinary and affect various different sectors, so we are not exclusive to these.
We are challengers and we are innovators, but we never work alone. We are part of the innovation foundation Nesta, and we work with governments, NGOs and businesses all over the world, as both advisory and delivery partners - helping them reach ideas far beyond their own boundaries. Together we can be game changers.
Prizes incentivise new thinking and reward the best breakthrough solutions, wherever they come from, however they work
Prizes support and cultivate innovators by providing funding, expertise, profile-raising, investment and by building networks
Prizes shape context by raising awareness, inform policy and shape the future of markets and technologies
Everyday, across the world, innovation helps to solve problems and improve lives, but with some issues new ideas just aren’t coming fast enough. We exist to understand the most pressing of these, shine a spotlight where it matters and incentivise people to solve them. Our challenges stimulate innovation through competition. They pinpoint a problem and then offer a prize for the first or best solution. We are independent, and inspire the best placed, most diverse group of people to find solutions; support the boldest and bravest ideas to become real, and seed long term change to advance society and build a better future.