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.

Nesta’s vision is that, by 2030, we will have significantly improved the lives of millions of people. This is ambitious, but we are confident that large-scale change is possible. Our strategy sets a clear destination, and maps out the beginnings of a path to get us there.

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Should we succeed, it will be by standing on the shoulders of trailblazers, allies and critical friends who have encouraged, informed and challenged Nesta’s work since our launch in 1998 with a public endowment from the National Lottery. We draw inspiration and support from the shared purpose and spirit of possibility, collaboration and generosity that we find every day across the social impact sector.

We cannot do this alone. We seek the engagement of multiple partners, and in return commit to working openly, sharing our successes and failures, and challenging ourselves to do whatever it takes to achieve our goals.

While the world we operate in will doubtless change rapidly and we will need to change with it, our guiding vision will remain constant.

Whether you are a frontline practitioner, policymaker, private company or innovator, we are looking for partners, friends and collaborators to develop ideas, test them rigorously and scale what works.

We hope you share our vision and will join us as we seek to improve the lives of millions of people through innovation.

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