Nesta is a global innovation foundation. 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.
Business support available to you
Give your business the very best chance of success by reading the checklists below. We explain what should be in place throughout the journey, so you can plan ahead.
The British Business Bank checklists can help your business prepare for your equity investment journey.
The Big Issue Invest Social Enterprise Investment Fund II LP (SEIF II) is the successor to SEIF I, our first social impact investment fund launched in 2010, and now fully committed having invested over £8 million into 21 social enterprises.
SEIF II supports ambitious social enterprises and charities with sustainable business models looking to grow and extend their social impact. The Fund offers repayable finance of between £250,000 and £3 million for growth, working capital and capital expenditure purposes.
The Solent Growth Fund, Small Business Programme is a competitive funding programme tailored to support the Solent SME base to grow quickly through delivering new processes / products / services, and / or developing new markets.
Between £10,000 and £75,000 funding is being made available on a grant or loan basis at intervention rates ranging from:
- 20% for established businesses seeking to grow quickly (high-growth);
- 40% for start-up businesses with high-growth potential; and
- 40% for businesses experiencing challenging trading conditions.
If you are seeking funding to grow your business then get in touch.
If you are setting out on that journey with ambitions to run your own business, the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is here to help. We can help you access a comprehensive range of assistance, including grant aid, loans, investment support, networking and pointers to other dedicated sources of help. We want to hear from you if are a start-up with a business plan predicated on high growth and you are in search of advice and support on capital investment.
The Big Issue Invest Corporate Social Venturing (CSV) programme develops early stage social businesses through investment, business support and cross-sector partnerships. This innovative programme takes the corporate social responsibility tools of employee volunteering and grant funding to a whole new level.
The CSV programme supports social businesses that work with the social outcome objectives of health and well-being, financial inclusion and education, employment and training.
The British Exporters Association (BExA) is an independent national trade association representing the interests of the export community.Membership is open to all companies and other organisations resident in the United Kingdom who export goods or services, or who provide assistance to such companies in the promotion and furtherance of export activities.
Created by the University of Southampton Science Park, Catalyst is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurial spirits with scientific or technology-led early stage businesses.
If you have an exciting business concept but need help to successfully bring it to market, harnessing the power of our proven business incubation process could help you get there faster. Our programme is an intensive mix of high-level mentoring, commercially focused workshops and seminars with leading professionals, access to a dynamic network of like-minded individuals and a physical business base here at the Science Park over six months.
The Catapult centres are a network of world-leading centres designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth.