About us

Nesta is a global innovation foundation. We back new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time.

Our mission is to spark and shape new ideas that improve how the world works for everyone. We use our knowledge, networks, funding and skills - 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.

• We see - we spot opportunities in challenges
• We spark - we generate novel ideas to solve big problems that matter to everyone
• We shape - we provide the help needed for promising ideas to grow and adapt
• We shift - we join with others to back world-changing ideas

Why work for us

We know we can’t make change happen by ourselves.

Our mission is to spark and shape new ideas that improve how the world works for everyone. We know that we can’t make change happen by ourselves, so we use our knowledge, networks, funding and skills - working in partnership with others, including governments, businesses and charities.

We work with organisations all over the world, who have in common the drive to improve how the world works. We bring together the very big, such as national governments, global technology firms and NGOs, with the grassroots, such as community groups and local activists, to make change happen.

As well as working in partnership to tackle the big challenges in our identified priority fields (health, education, government innovation, the creative economy, arts and culture, and innovation policy), we draw on our knowledge and experience to help make innovation happen in teams, organisations and societies - offering access to advice, research and analytics, project design and delivery, and innovation skills development.