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.

Innovate Cambridge

Co-founded by Cambridge Enterprise, Cambridge Innovation Capital and the University of Cambridge, Innovate Cambridge is defining and delivering an inclusive innovation future for the Cambridge ecosystem.

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Learn more about the University’s contribution to the ecosystem

Cambridge is the most intensive science and technological cluster in the world. 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 of Cambridge contributes over £29.8 billion to the UK economy annually, supporting around 86,000 jobs across the UK, including 52,000 in the East of England, and contributes over £13 billion in gross value added (GVA).

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 entrepreneurial community and illustrates how the University, with Cambridge Enterprise’s support, contributes to it.


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Navigating the ecosystem

An initiative of the University Enterprise Network and driven by Cambridge Enterprise, IE Cambridge brings together the innovation and entrepreneurship offer at Cambridge under one umbrella. IE Cambridge offers practical, useful and relevant information and signposting of current activity in this space.

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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

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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