Careers at Nesta

Nesta was originally funded by a £250 million endowment from the UK National Lottery.

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. Using our knowledge, networks, funding and skills, we work hard to see new opportunities and challenges; spark creative answers from many sources; shape brilliant ideas into practical solutions; and then shift whole systems in a new direction.

We believe that innovation - the creation and adoption of new ideas - is the key to human progress, prosperity and happiness. But too often innovation doesn't back the things that really matter to people. We want to make innovation work for everyone - growing new ideas that tackle the challenges our society faces and change the world for the better.

Our Mission & Vision

We exist to back innovations for the common good. We grow new ideas that tackle the challenges our society faces and change the world for the better.

Stats we are proud of

  • 1m

    The amount of new creative jobs we want to see in the UK by 2030.

  • 300+

    Education-related initiatives we have supported.

  • 20

    The number of years we've been driving positive innovation through investment.

  • 14

    The number of countries in which the Nesta Global Innovation Policy Accelerator is helping policymakers.

Behind the scenes

Team makeup

  • 200


  • Insurance, Health & Wellness

    Life and health insurance plans available

  • Family & Parenting

    including unpaid extra leave, maternity and paternity allowances and the chance to work from home.

  • Flexible Working

    Whether your child's ill, you're waiting for a package, or you have some deep-focussed work to do, we all work from home (or café) from time to time. We encourage everyone to work from home when you need to.

  • Living Wage Employer

    We're proud to be a part of the fantastic Living Wage initiative, ensuring our employees will always be fairly and properly reimbursed.