NESTA is the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts - an independent body with a mission to make the UK more innovative. Our endowment status means we operate at no cost to the UK taxpayer. We invest in early-stage companies, inform policy, and deliver practical programmes that inspire others to solve the big challenges of the future. NESTA does not work alone. Our success depends on the strength of the partnerships we form with innovators, policymakers, community organisations, educators and other investors. We bring the best ideas, new flows of capital and talented people together, and encourage others to develop them further.
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. We aim to have a positive impact on businesses and markets, as well as on society as a whole. Our 141,000 people are the foundation of our success. We assemble the right multi-disciplinary team for your business, drawing on our global network of professionals. Working with you in a collaborative style, we gain a clear understanding of your organisation and strive to identify issues before they become problems. You get the people you need, wherever in the world you need them, backed up by leading practices, methodologies and tools.
LinkedIn started out in the living room of co-founder Reid Hoffman in 2002. The site officially launched on May 5, 2003. At the end of the first month in operation, LinkedIn had a total of 4,500 members in the network. Roughly one million new members join LinkedIn every week, at a rate equivalent to a professional joining the site faster than one member per second. The company is publicly held and has a diversified business model with revenues coming from user subscrip- tions, advertising sales and hiring solutions.
Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.
Google's mission is to organise the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Beginning in 1996, Stanford University graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin built a search engine called "Back- Rub" that used links to determine the importance of individual web pages. By 1998, they had formalised their work, creat- ing the company that you know today as Google.