Sponsor & Host

NESTA, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, is working to transform the UK’s capacity for innovation. We invest in all stages of the innovation process, backing new ideas and funding new ventures that stimulate entrepreneurship. NESTA is the single most potent catalyst for innovation in the UK.

Our strong evidence base helps to influence policy. Our partnerships and networks broker ideas across sectors, accelerating the process of innovation. Our pioneering models of investment are being adopted by organisations throughout the UK. NESTA’s, National Seed Fund aims to turn ground-breaking ideas into innovative products, services or techniques with commercial or social potential. Through the programme, NESTA is the UK’s biggest single source of early-stage seed funding. We add value to our financial investments, combining access to seed capital with business support. This significantly increases the chances of the successful commercialisation and helps businesses to become investment-ready. In return for the investment and support, we take a stake in any future commercial success of the invention, and any financial returns we make are invested back into new ideas