Nesta is the UK’s innovation foundation. We help people and organisations bring great ideas to life. We do this by providing investments and grants and mobilising research, networks and skills.

We are an independent charity and our work is enabled by an endowment from the National Lottery.

We believe that innovation is critical to solving the big social and economic challenges facing the UK. Without bold new ideas, those challenges will continue to grow and become ever more complex. By focusing our work in a few key areas and applying to them the full force of Nesta's research expertise, practical experience and financial resources, we are building a rich understanding of how innovation works best in the UK.

Nesta is a leading investor in innovation, from technology start-ups and public policy, to social enterprise and backing creative individuals. We work directly in supporting young, innovative businesses and indirectly by seeking to improve the environment within which early stage ventures can grow.

Nesta Operating Company is a registered charity in  England and Wales with a company number 7706036 and  charity number 1144091. Registered as a charity in Scotland number SC042833. Registered office: 1 Plough Place, London, EC4A 1 DE

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Investor Type Venture Funds
Does this organisation invest or provide business funding? Yes
Investment Stage Seed, Start-Up, Early Stage VC
Investment Opportunities Yes
Regions Covered National
Sectors Considered Advertising and Publishing, Aerospace and Defence, Automobile and Transport, Business Products and Services, Clean Tech and Eco Innovation, Computing and Electronics, Consumer and e-commerce, Consumer Technology, Creative Arts and Entertainment, Digital Media and Content, Fashion and Design, Fin Tech, Financial and Professional Services, Food and Drink, Healthcare, Med Tech and Digital Health, Internet of Things, Life Sciences, Logistics and Distribution, Materials and Manufacturing, Mobile and Telecoms, Renewables and Energy, Retail, Social Impact

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