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Entrepreneurship and innovation in Cambridge

Home to the most successful technology cluster in Europe, Cambridge has a lot to offer to those interested in entrepreneurship and business growth.

Kings College river view.

Cambridge is a small city set on the gentle River Cam. Famous for facilitating the traditional mode of transport ‘punting’, the water flows through the heart of the city, with many of the University College’s renowned gardens backing out right onto it. Many of England’s great architects, including Gilbert Scott, Wren and Foster, built some of their most celebrated works in Cambridge.

Cambridge Judge Business School provides unrivalled opportunities for internal and external networking. An important centre for learning, each year the School brings the best and brightest minds in business to Cambridge.

As well as being part of a world-renowned research university, Cambridge Judge Business School benefits from a rich local business community. Cambridge is surrounded by science parks, incubators and innovation centres. The Cambridge Cluster, or Silicon Fen, as it is known, is the most successful technology cluster in Europe and one of the most successful in the world.

Many of these businesses have connections to the University of Cambridge. To date, innovators based at the University and in the wider local community have developed over 1,600 firms employing more than 30,000 people. Collaboration between the University and the private sector continues to influence the growth and prosperity of what is known as the ‘Cambridge Phenomenon‘.

“…all of this accumulated capital, accumulated business expertise, accumulated connections required to take your good idea and bring it to scale – these are the things that Cambridge offers and these are the things that are hard to find almost anywhere else in the world “.
Eben Upton, Technical Director at Broadcom and Executive Director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, UK, EMBA 2009

How can I connect and collaborate?

As a participant on the Executive MBA programme, you can connect with the entrepreneurial ecosystem through the Entrepreneurship Centre. You’ll also have opportunities to build connections through consulting projects, seminars, networking sessions and access to events like Enterprise Tuesdays.

You can also connect with Accelerate Cambridge, the School’s start-up ‘accelerator’, providing mentors and coaches to ventures at an early stage of growth. Start-ups involved with Accelerate Cambridge pitch their business ideas to the class and receive feedback. Participants leave with fresh ideas and insights from peers which they can apply within their own organisations.

Some of the other some of the other initiatives within the Cambridge entrepreneurial ecosystem include: