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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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LESSONS FROM A FOUNDER: Taking Your Technology to Market with Scott White from PragmatIC

Mar 14, 2019

Scott White, ideaSpace alumni and serial entrepreneur is CEO of PragmatIC. PragmatIC produces sheets of flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs), extending the reach of electronics into markets unfeasible for silicon for reasons of form factor and/or cost. Printed electronics is one of the world’s fastest growing technologies, representing enormous potential in interconnected devices. In recognition of British Science Week, we spoke to Scott about the company’s journey from a technology-based concept to the production of commercial products, and asked his advice about taking a new technology to market.

LESSONS FROM A FOUNDER: Basics of Building a Business - IP with Christian Bunke

Feb 28, 2019

With the next B3 event coming up in the next few weeks, we thought we’d take a look back at some previous B3s and learn more about what it takes to build a business. But first – a bit about B3. Our Basics of Building a Business event, or B3, is hosted by a Founder who has successfully scaled their business. They invite the three people who proved vital in helping them along the way to share what they did, how they did it and so much more on what you need to do to go from start up to scale up. Late last year Adam Durant, CEO of Satavia and alumni of ideaSpace, was our guest founder for the evening and invited along Christian Bunke of Basck - an IP Firm focused on working with startups. Here’s what he had to say…

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.

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