Investment for Impact

Nesta is an innovation foundation that provides funding, support and expertise to realise innovative ideas with the potential to deliver social good.

Nesta Impact Investment Fund

The Nesta Impact Investment Fund invests in tech startups that are developing innovations that align with Nesta’s three mission areas:

  1. A fairer start – narrowing the outcome gap between children growing up in disadvantage and the national average.
  2. A healthy life – increasing the average number of healthy years lived, while narrowing health inequalities.
  3. A sustainable future – decarbonising household activities and improving levels of productivity.

The fund provides investments of between £500,000 and £1 million.

Cultural Impact Development Fund

The Cultural Impact Development Fund is a £3.5 million fund that provides small-scale repayable finance to socially-driven arts, creative and cultural organisations. It provides funding to organisations that benefit the lives of individuals, communities and society through their work.

Loans of between £25,000 and £150,000 are available, which are repayable over up to five years. There are no early repayment fees, and organisations could receive a reduction in interest on achievement of social outcomes.

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