An innovative web resource was created to promote the Cambridge UK technology cluster for a world of new businesses.
The Cambridge Cluster map – which will undergo a beta launch in the city on July 30th – charts in a path to new opportunities for trade and investment from international organizations.
Mastermind project Sherry Coutu, the Cambridge2Silicon Valley entrepreneur, says the free resource will allow users all over the world to research and process business with companies in the Cambridge cluster more easily than ever before.
The not-for-profit initiative is led by The University of Cambridge, Cambridge Enterprise, SVC2C, Trampoline Systems, Cambridge Angels, Cambridge Network, Duedil, Startup Intelligence, A Core, Venture-Evaluation and Linkedin Corporation. Weekly activity is media partner for the project.
Coutu says: “While many attempts have been made to articulate the Cambridge Cluster, no initiative has previously succeeded in providing an at-a-glance overview of the entire community that allows newcomers to identify and contact companies and entrepreneurs. of potential interest. ”
Developed by trampoline Systems – the spin-out for Cambridge Computer Lab that built the Tech City map so admired by PM David Cameron – the new resource will incorporate the bird’s view of the Cluster showing where businesses are located and offer the possibility to drill down for detailed analysis on each company.
Charles Armstrong, co-founder of Trampoline Systems, said the underlying data had been coming from a number of dynamic partners so it would be regularly updated.
Cambridge has been famous for more than half a century for its entrepreneurship – witnessed by the status of international status of its ICT companies and BioMedTech and the creation of world-class networks as a core, Cambridge Wireless and Cambridge network to catalyze international collaboration .
Organization of associated members the newly formed Cambridge Cleantech has created a new wave of innovation, renewable energy coralling solutions along with smart grids & dosing technology.
University of Cambridge and the colleges were central for cluster formation and development. Trinity College facilitated the Cambridge phenomenon by creating the world-famous science park in 1970. St John’s University built on this success by establishing its thriving center of innovation in 1987.
The University has continued to provide a flow of ideas, staff and graduates who have driven the continued growth of the Cluster economy – which is the third largest contributor to the British Treasury.
Cluster Economics currently includes 1,400 hi-tech companies with 40,000 employees and university chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, says it has co-operative views with local companies and entrepreneurs – and the commercialization of IP Universities – as essential to helping the UK to avoid recession.
NESTA research suggests that the Cluster companies will have created more than 50 percent of all the new jobs generated in the region in the last decade. The Community includes companies of global importance such as arm, autonomy and corporate social responsibility, more than 100 spin-outs from the University and a vibrant core of SMEs and start-ups.
Users of the Cambridge Cluster on the map will be able to identify the businesses of interest through a series of industry, revenue and growth metrics, directors and other indicators.
To support the analysis of the map a wide range of information and data feeds have been assembled and cross-referenced. Range of sources from Filing Companies House provide revenue, employee and direction data to social network feeds by offering insight into how businesses connect and communicate and as prime areas of focus.
In parallel, start-ups and initial stage companies will be encouraged to send their data to the site for inclusion.
The site will be fully accessible from all major desktop and tablet browsers and users can share information with contacts on Facebook or LinkedIn.
To help support the continued evolution of the enterprise, Cambridge Map Cluster offers a number of partnership opportunities that will put participants on the trail within an initiative with clear scalability and which bring other significant benefits.
Sherry Coutu I would be happy to share the details by e-mail to