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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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C1209 Selected as a Startup With High Potential for International Scale

Dec 14, 2018

ideaSpace City members C1209 have been selected by Virgin as a startup with high potential for international scale, as part of the Virgin StartUp StepUp programme. This follows on from a recent feature in British Vogue which named C1209's Franklin bag as 'One of the Best Office Bags For Women'. 

Mixcloud and Merlin Agree to Multi-Year Direct Licensing Deal

Dec 06, 2018

Audio streaming platform and ideaSpace West members, Mixcloud, have signed a multi-year licensing deal with Merlin Network, the global digital rights agency for independent labels.

LESSONS FROM A FOUNDER: Tips for Recruitment - How to Hire the Best

Nov 29, 2018

Recruiting can be difficult and a poor hire can have a big impact on the development of your early stage business. Time and time again we hear our founders at ideaSpace talk about the challenge of recruitment, so we asked two experienced founders, Matthew Cleevely and Antony Rix, to share their recommendations for finding talent and how to hire the best people to help build your company. Read on for tips on how to hire the best.

Elpis Biomed, GeoSpock and Owlstone Win Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards

Nov 04, 2018

Elpis Biomed, based at IdeaSpace South, has scooped 'Start-Up of the Year' award at the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2018. ideaSpace alumni Owlstone Medical also took home 'Medtech Company of the Year' and GeoSpock won the 'Technology Company of the Year' award. Congratulations to all!

LESSONS FROM A FOUNDER: Tips for Successful Product Design

Oct 26, 2018

Coming up with an idea for a product is the easy bit - it's the designing of it that can be a complicated and costly process. At a recent ideaSpace event we heard from four founders who offered their insights on how you can build a successful product that your customers are going to love. Read on for tips from our experts.

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