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The Cambridge ecosystem

We play a key convening role, connecting two pivotal ecosystems – the University and the wider Cambridge ecosystem – in a proactive and strategic way that drives entrepreneurship and innovation.

Cambridge Enterprise sits as a bridge between these ecosystems – intrinsically linked to both – and this activity helps to shape and support emerging entrepreneurs, spin-outs and start-ups and the companies who are forging the innovation landscape of Cambridge for the future.

As a successful and mature ecosystem, Cambridge can appear complex and even chaotic, but is actually highly connected and supportive whether you are a member of the University, or an organisation looking to do business with it.

Follow the links below to access more information about both resources available within the University and more widely in the Cambridge Cluster and beyond.

Within the University

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Beyond the University

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Learn more about the University’s contribution to the ecosystem

The Cambridge Cluster – sometimes known as the Cambridge Phenomenon – is the most successful technology network in Europe, and plays a leading role globally. There are more than 5,000 knowledge-intensive firms based in and around Cambridge, employing more than 69,000 people and generating £18 billion turnover.

The University publishes Innovation in Numbers, a visual summary of the Cambridge Cluster and the University’s role within it. The infographic demonstrates the success of the Cambridge entreprenurial community and illustrates how the University, with Cambridge Enterprise’s support, contributes to it.



Explore the University’s global impact map

From the Arctic to Zambia, explore how research carried out by Cambridge and its partners is having a positive impact around the world.

Explore the global impact map

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