About us

Nesta Italia tests and grows new ideas to address Italy’s most pressing societal challenges.

Based in Turin, Nesta Italia is a partnership between the global innovation foundation Nesta, and Compagnia di San Paolo, one of Italy’s largest and oldest philanthropic foundations.

Nesta Italia supports innovation in education; responses to migration; health and ageing; and the arts and cultural heritage – using Nesta’s proven innovation methods to encourage social innovation in Italy.

We use our knowledge, networks, funding and skills – working in partnership with others across Italy, including governments, businesses and charities.

  • We see – We make sense of  opportunities and challenges
  • We spark – We generate new ideas from many sources
  • We shape – We help to test, grow and adapt promising solutions
  • We shift – We change whole systems

About Nesta

Nesta is a global innovation foundation. It was established in 1998 as the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts. Today Nesta is an independent UK charity but works internationally, growing and spreading new ideas that can change the world for the better.

About Compagnia di San Paolo

Compagnia di San Paolo is one of Italy’s largest and oldest philanthropic foundations. Compagnia di San Paolo pursues socially useful objectives in order to promote cultural, civil and economic development – using the income from its assets to support projects and design and run its own intervention programmes.