“To incubate and scale disruptive innovation for the public good.”
Helen Goulden, Executive Director, Nesta Innovation Lab
“Supporting innovators to develop ideas that can solve big social challenges.”
£15.4 million (2013/14) (£4.9m from government, £10.5m from other sources)
Nesta Innovation Lab’s People Powered Health programme involved developing new approaches for managing long-term health conditions that have been shown to have the potential to save the health system in England £4.4 billion.1
Nesta Innovation Lab supports innovators working in fields like health and ageing, opportunities for young people, public service reform and digital arts and media, and work with organisations from across different sectors, from front line public services and early-stage social entrepreneurs to government agencies, established non-profits and commercial businesses.
The Nesta Innovation Lab works through three main approaches:
In 2013/14 the Innovation Lab ran 30 funds, challenges and programmes across its priority fields and covers all parts of the UK. From a total 3,341 proposals, the team awarded grants to 69 innovations, with an average value of £145,000, and continued to provide practical support to an additional 70 innovations that had received grants in previous years. They held 102 events reaching 4,624 delegates with a major focus on developing innovation skills and their web pages received over 450,000 page views.
Photo Credit: Nesta Innovation Lab's Code Club programme. Image courtesy of Nesta