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Networking

ideaSpace is all about building an inclusive community in which innovation can thrive. We make connections with other innovation-supportive organisations to give members the opportunity to network both with their peers and with potential investors and advisors.

We have developed strong links with the main region’s business incubators which successful ideaSpace members often move on to, such as St John’s Innovation Centre, the Babraham Bioincubator and Colworth Science Park.

Supporters’ network

This provides an opportunity for experienced entrepreneurs, innovators, mentors and advisors to engage with fledgling ventures, and innovators with new ideas and technologies. 

Babraham Research Campus

ideaSpace and Babraham Bioscience Technologies have an arrangement for the mutual benefit of their members and tenants. ideaSpace members have discounted access to the ‘plug and play’ molecular biology and biochemistry laboratory facilities at the nearby Technology Development Laboratory (TDL) on Babraham Research Campus.

Key equipment includes:

  • Biacore T200
  • BMG Labtech Pherastar platereader
  • Two GE 20/50EHT Wave Bioreactors
  • ÄKTAPurifier UPC 100 liquid chromatography system

Tenants of the Babraham Campus also have use of ideaSpace hotdesk facilities and meeting rooms.

CamJelly – for co-working and networking

Every Friday, ideaSpace opens its doors to all-comers for a co-working and networking day run by CamJelly.

  • Co-working - From 10 am – 3pm you can turn up with a device or book, sit a desk and do some work. We provide coffee, tea and biscuits and all we ask in return is a voluntary contribution of £1.
  • Networking - At 3pm we have ‘topical chat session’ followed by informal chats and drinks.

Talk to us

ideaSpace is an active member of the entrepreneurial cluster in Cambridge. If you have a project you would like us to be a part of, or advise on, please get in touch.

Past projects we have supported include:

  • Astia - East of England Network
  • Cambridge University Entrepreneurs - sharing student enterprise society best practice
  • CamTechNet - building a regional network of start-up best practice workshops
  • Enterprise Tuesday - remote delivery of leading entrepreneurial inspiration and education
  • i-Teams - building student teams to explore the market potential for university-sourced technology and ideas
  • makeSpace - a community inventing shed
  • National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs- supporting and building student enterprise societies in the East of England
  • Open Innovation Workshops - linking start-ups with large companies for problem discovery and first customer support
  • Qi3 Accelerator - building an acceleration and support methodology for high value manufacturing start-ups
  • Springboard- establishing and growing a Cambridge-based 3 month acceleration programme
  • Wysing Arts Centre, Creative Accelerator Workshop - applying artistic processes and design thinking to business problems
  • Young Enterprise - creating a programme of entrepreneurship conferences and short programmes in secondary schools.

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Jul 31, 2019

Exhibiting at a conference can be an extremely effective way to meet with potential customers and generate leads, as well as build your start-ups brand presence and create a buzz. But they can be expensive and if not planned well, can waste your small company’s limited resources. Advanced and strategic planning is key to making the most of the experience. So we asked two of our founders, Vaughan Wittorff, Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer at PetaGene, and John Pettigrew, Founder and CEO of We Are Futureproofs, for their thoughts on how to approach an exhibition.

Celebrating World Environment Day - Polysolar’s Contribution to Saving our Planet

Jun 05, 2019

ideaSpace exists to support founders with scalable innovative ideas which could potentially address global threats like climate change. To celebrate World Environment Day we spoke to Hamish Watson, founder of ideaSpace alumni company Polysolar – a leader in the provision of solar PV glass for energy generation in buildings. He took us through Polysolar’s story, from product inception to where it is today, and shared his thoughts on the secret to the company’s success, the challenges that have shaped its growth, and some advice on crowdfunding.

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