A groundbreaking web resource has been created to promote the Cambridge UK technology cluster to a world of new business.
The Cambridge Cluster Map – which will undergo a beta launch in the city on July 30 – charts a path to fresh trade & investment opportunities from international organisations.
Project mastermind Sherry Coutu, the Cambridge2Silicon Valley entrepreneur, says the free resource will enable users worldwide to research and transact business with companies in the Cambridge Cluster more easily than ever before.
The not-for-profit initiative is spearheaded by The University of Cambridge, Cambridge Enterprise, SVC2C, Trampoline Systems, Cambridge Angels, Cambridge Network, Duedil, Startup Intelligence, One Nucleus, Venture-Valuation and Linkedin Corporation. Business Weekly is the media partner for the project.
Coutu says: “While many attempts have been made to articulate the Cambridge Cluster, no initiative previously has managed to provide an at-a-glance overview of the entire community that enables newcomers to identify and contact businesses and entrepreneurs of potential interest.”
Developed by Trampoline Systems – the Cambridge Computer Lab spin-out which built the Tech City map so admired by PM David Cameron – the new resource will incorporate a bird’s eye view of the Cluster showing where businesses are located and provide the facility to drill down for detailed analysis on each company.
Charles Armstrong, co-founder of Trampoline Systems, said the underlying data had been sourced from a number of dynamic partners so would be regularly refreshed.
Cambridge has been renowned for more than half a century for its entrepreneurialism – evidenced by the progress to international status of its leading ICT and BioMedTech companies and the creation of world-class networks such as One Nucleus, Cambridge Wireless and Cambridge Network to catalyse international collaboration.
The recently formed Cambridge Cleantech members’ organisation has created a new wave of innovation, coralling renewable energy solutions along with smart grid & metering technology.
Cambridge University and its colleges have been central to the formation and development of the cluster. Trinity College facilitated the Cambridge Phenomenon by creating the world-famous Science Park in 1970. St John’s College built on this success by establishing its thriving Innovation Centre in 1987.
The University has continued to provide a flow of ideas, staff and graduates that have driven the continued growth of the Cluster economy – which is the third biggest contributor to the UK Treasury.
The Cluster’s economy currently comprises 1,400 hi-tech companies employing 40,000 people and university vice-chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, says he views co-operation with local companies and entrepreneurs – and commercialisation of university IP – as essential to help the UK steer clear of recession.
NESTA research suggests that Cluster businesses will have created more than 50 per cent of all new jobs generated in the region over the past decade. The community includes companies of global significance such as ARM, Autonomy and CSR, more than 100 spin-outs from the University and a vibrant nucleus of SMEs and startups.
Users of the Cambridge Cluster Map will be able to pinpoint businesses of interest through a variety of metrics showing sector, turnover and growth, directors and other indicators.
To support the map’s analyses a vast range of information and data-feeds have been assembled and cross-referenced. Sources range from Companies House filings providing revenue, employee and directorship data to social network feeds offering insight into how businesses connect and communicate as well as prime areas of focus.
In parallel, startups and early stage businesses will be encouraged to submit their details on the website for inclusion.
The website will be fully accessible from all mainstream desktop browsers and tablets and users can share information with contacts on Facebook or LinkedIn.
To help support the ongoing evolution of the venture, Cambridge Cluster Map is offering a number of partnership opportunities that will put participants on the inside track of an initiative with clear scaleability and which carry significant other benefits.
Sherry Coutu would be happy to share details via email at