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Nesta is a global innovation foundation.  

We back new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time - from the pressures of an ageing population to stretched public services and a fast-changing jobs market.

We use our knowledge, networks, funding and skills to grow new ideas that can change the world for the better - working in partnership with others, including governments, businesses and charities. We are a UK charity but work all over the world, supported by a financial endowment.

Our work

Using our knowledge, networks, funding and skills, we grow new ideas that can change the world for the better:

We see - making sense of opportunities and challenges Our research into emerging trends and technologies helps us answer big questions:  such as what could health services look like in 2030?  Which skills will matter most in an automated workplace? How can public policy harness entrepreneurial energy?

We spark - generating new ideas from many sources Our programmes discover and nurture new ideas - championing creativity, generating and testing radical new ideas in the real world, and offering early-stage support to innovators across different fields.

We shape - helping to test, grow and adapt promising solutions Our funding programmes help brilliant ideas benefit more people - growing innovations with evidence of success so they can work at scale, for example through impact investing.

We shift - changing whole systems Sometimes it’s not enough to grow individual technologies or ventures - instead we have to transform the way whole systems work - for example, by bringing together organisations and individuals from across a field, by advocating for change, by changing policies, or by helping other organisations get better at innovating.

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Our Values

We are restless

To do our job well we have to be awake and always alert to new ideas. We’re not afraid to look at the world with fresh eyes, challenge how it works and find new ways of doing things. 

We make it happen

We’re not afraid to take on some of the biggest challenges. We know complex problems can’t be solved just by talking about them. To make change happen we have to roll our sleeves up and get stuck in. We have a responsibility to test our best ideas out, not just discuss them. 

We do the right thing

We look after each other, and the people we work with.

We work for the common good. That means we have a great responsibility to each other, the people we work with and the people whose lives are affected by our work. 

We keep learning

We explore and learn from others. We research and test out our ideas thoroughly, and we always take time to reflect and change what we do if it’s not working. 

We never work alone

We want to change the world – but we can’t do it on our own. We know that the best ideas always come from unexpected places, and that they need lots of different champions working together for them to succeed. 

Our Priority Fields of Work


We explore how people can better use technology, data and mutual support to manage and improve their health and wellbeing.


We are preparing young people for an increasingly digital workplace by understanding the future of work, backing digital learning technologies and campaigning for more creative, robot-resistant skills.

Government Innovation

We help governments achieve more with less, making the most of digital technologies to engage their populations in decisions and the daily life of public services.

Creative Economy, Arts and Culture

We help arts and cultural organisations develop new sources of funding and reach new audiences. And we advise governments at every level on how to grow the creative economy.

Innovation Policy

We gather, analyse and spread the best methods from around the world that governments can user to support successful innovation in the economy and society.


Benefits at Nesta

List of all the benefits that Nesta are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Pension Scheme
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Life Assurance
  • Charity/Volunteering
  • Flexible Working
  • Discounted Lunches
  • Employee Assistance Programme

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