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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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Mixcloud Strike a Multi-Year Agreement With Universal Music Group 

Oct 19, 2018

ideaSpace West member Mixcloud has signed a deal with the world's largest record label.

Riverlane and dividiti Ring the Bell to Celebrate Hackathon

Oct 18, 2018

ideaSpace West members Riverlane and dividiti celebrate after a successful quantum computing hackathon.

Greg Law: Building a Successful Tech Business

Sep 26, 2018

Greg Law is the co-founder and CTO of Undo; a diagnostic software tool which helps companies respond quickly to software failures and improve software quality. From building the business on a part time basis from Greg's garden shed, to growing to a team of 40 and raising over $20M in investment, Undo have firmly established themselves on the tech industry map. We caught up with Greg to find out more about his experiences leading a successful business.

Steve Marsh: 6 Ways to Grow Your Business

Aug 07, 2018

We met with Steve Marsh, Founder and CEO of GeoSpock; originally a student from Manchester who arrived in Cambridge to study his PhD, before developing his business idea into a flourishing reality

The Secrets to Simprints' Success

Jun 27, 2018

We met up with Simprints co-founder and CTO Tristram Norman to ask his advice on growing a business from 'a year of Sundays' project to a team of 25.

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