Setting Our Sights - A Strategy for Maximising Social Impact

Nesta, 2017: Click here to read the report.


Nesta Impact Investments (NII) was one of the first investors in Europe to develop and grow the field of social impact investment. The organisation believes it is important to show that commercial businesses can achieve social impact and that commercial investors do not have to have a trade-off between financial returns and social impact. Where social impact and commercial strategy are aligned, making a positive difference need not mean sacrificing financial performance.


This document sets out the latest iteration of Nesta's approach to growing and demonstrating impact. It covers all aspects of the investment lifecycle: from the decision to invest through to portfolio management and exit. The approach is based on experience from nearly five years of impact investing, learning lessons from where things have gone well and not so well, and using data from the 13 companies Nesta have invested in over that time.

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