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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 Christou, 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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Conferences: Get the Most Out of Your Trade Show Experience

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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