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.

To meet our vision of significantly improving millions of lives, we will pursue three innovation missions. Each mission is a response to a generational societal challenge, one where we believe innovation has a big part to play in driving large-scale change.


We will be mission-driven in our work – setting fixed goals and iterating on how best to achieve them.

For each mission we will continuously assess what is and is not working, deciding what to continue with and what to stop on the basis of its potential for impact at scale. To succeed we will need to build strong working relationships with families, frontline workers, service delivery organisations, policymakers and academics. Our solutions will need to work at different levels of the system, from small improvements to how a service is delivered to grander interventions that rewrite how policies or market forces work.

Our missions are ambitious and we must be prepared to fail and learn rapidly along the way.

Nonetheless, we believe that a fairer, healthier, more sustainable future is within reach, and that innovation can help us to achieve it.

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