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The Cambridge cluster is the most successful in Europe with more than 1,500 high-tech companies currently based in the area, employing more than 54,000 people.12 of its companies are valued at more than $1 billion, of which two are worth in excess of $10 billion.

By joining ideaSpace you will gain access to Cambridge’s unique combination of research excellence, business leadership and investment opportunities as well as its pool of high calibre employees. Just as importantly, you will benefit from making connections with other start-up founders, sharing knowledge and experience in a supportive environment as you navigate your way through the early stages of establishing a new venture.

You can find out more about the Cambridge Cluster

Management & Governance

ideaSpace is part of the University of Cambridge and operates under the aegis of the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research. Day-to-day management is provided by IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd with guidance from the ideaSpace Steering Committee and Advisory Council.

Steering Committee

Chair: David Gill, Managing Director, St. John’s Innovation Centre

  • Paul Bailey, Founding Partner, Bailey Fisher Executive Search 
  • Billy Boyle, Co-Founder, Owlstone Ltd
  • David Coates, Non-Executive Director, UK Innovation Forum
  • Peter Cowley, Entrepreneur, Business Angel, Non-executive Director of six startups, Charity Chair
  • Victor Cristou, Senior Investment Director at Cambridge Innovation Capital
  • Dr Anne Dobrée, Head of Seed Funds, Cambridge Enterprise
  • Dr Rosemary Frances,Technical Director of Ellexus Ltd
  • Dr Tim Minshall, Reader in Technology and Innovation Management, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Robert Swann, Business Angel and Board Member of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership
  • Peter Templeton, Director and Chief Executive Officer, IfM Education and Consultancy Services

Advisory Council

Chair: Professor Ian White, Master of Jesus College, Cambridge

  • Professor Lynn Gladden, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Sir Mike Gregory, Head of Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Hermann Hauser, CBE, Director, Amadeus Capital Partners
  • Professor Christoph Loch, Director, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Patrick Maxwell, Regius Professor of Physic, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, 
  • Dr Tony Raven, Chief Executive, Cambridge Enterprise
  • Dr Malcolm Skingle, Director, Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Professor Sir Greg Winter, Master, Trinity College, University of Cambridge

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Blackboard Announces Acquisition of U.K. Based Fronteer

Oct 26, 2016

Blackboard Inc., a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, today announced the acquisition of U.K. based Fronteer, including its flagship Ally product. Ally is designed to help institutions and instructors make course content more accessible for learners.

ideaSpace 'Dream Team' Fronteer, featured in E-Learn Magazine

Oct 24, 2016

E-Learning magazine champions Fronteer's new product 'Ally', which makes course materials more accessible to students.

Two ideaSpace Companies Scoop Prizes at the 7th Annual Discovering Start-Ups Competition!

Oct 21, 2016

Congratulations to ideaSpace members 8Power and Focal Point Positioning who have been announced as winners of the 2016 Cambridge Wireless Discovering Start-Ups competition, along with risk analytics company, AlgoDynamix.

Polysolar celebrate Top Innovation Award

Oct 10, 2016

Polysolar who develop, design, and project-manage Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions have won Cambridge News Top Innovation 2016 Award

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