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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.

Innovation Policy Toolkit: Introduction to innovation policy and collaboration

This guide provides an overview of important concepts and latest thinking in innovation and debunks some common myths.

It covers themes ranging from innovation systems and innovation policy to value chains and financing innovation. We tried to keep it as concise as possible, but it contains lots of links to explore themes in more detail.

What’s in it?

  • Innovation 101: What is innovation and how does it contribute to economic growth? How does policy attempt to support innovation?
  • Why and how firms innovate: Why do companies decide to invest in innovation? How do they do it and who benefits?
  • Collaboration in innovation: Why is collaboration important for innovation and what forms does it take?