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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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Spotlight on Mursla

Feb 03, 2019

Cancer is one of the most challenging global issues an entrepreneur could choose to tackle. But Pierre Arsène and Victor Serdio are doing just that with their company Mursla. Based at ideaSpace West, Mursla is developing a breakthrough technology for early cancer detection using liquid biopsies, offering a less invasive and more responsive approach to diagnosis, treatment and cure. To mark World Cancer Day on the 4th February, we asked Pierre to explain more about Mursla and the bold ideas and enthusiasm driving this bright company.

LESSONS FROM A FOUNDER: What's Your 2019 Startup Goal?

Jan 30, 2019

For many of us, a new year often starts with an optimistic resolution to change – join the gym, write a book, travel perhaps. But if you’re running a startup, January is a great time to assess your company’s development and set fresh goals for the coming year. We asked four founders at ideaSpace to reflect on progress and share their area of focus for 2019.

GeoSpock Lands £10 Million in Additional Funding 

Jan 09, 2019

ideaSpace alumni and extreme data specialists, GeoSpock, have secured an extra  £10 million in funding. The latest round was led by Cambridge Innovation Capital (CIC) jointly with Parkwalk Advisors and Japanese firms Global Brain and 31Ventures. Japanese data tech company KDDI Supership joined as a strategic investor. Investment was also secured from existing investor, Jonathan Milner.

A Breath Test Could Detect Early Cancer Signs

Jan 06, 2019

CRUK and ideaSpace City members, Owlstone Medical, have launched a new trial to discover whether it's possible to detect early stage cancer symptoms from a person's breath.

Petagene secure $2.1 Million in Funding 

Jan 03, 2019

2019 is off to a great start for the Petagene team who have been awarded $2.1 million in additional funding. The latest round was lead by U.S. venture firm Romulus Capital, with collaboration from other unnamed investors in London and Silicon Valley, bringing the total funding awarded to $3.2 million.

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