With two universities and a collection of leading research institutes in the cluster, it is hardly surprising that there is a disproportionate amount of knowledge-intensive or ‘Research & Development’ companies seeking to commercialise their science. The originating research that makes the leap to commercialisation often defines the company’s focus.
There are a wide variety of sciences and innovation disciplines within the cluster. Below is a diagram that illustrates the relative size and interconnectedness of the most popular areas of endeavour*.
Sub-set examples include advanced manufacturing, stem cell research, radio communications, health and wellness, web technology, smart cities, graphene research, advanced printing, video game and mobile applications, clean energy companies (cleantech) and more .….
Some companies are best described not by the science from which they came, but by the problem they solve. Below is a list of other relevant descriptions, typically more akin to the commercial solutions required by the businesses seeking their innovation:
- Internet of Things
- Big Data
- Artificial Intelligence
- Machine Learning
At last count, Cambridge boasted  networking groups, plus more special interest groups (SIGs) and strategic research initiatives from Cambridge University.
Some popular examples include One Nucleus, the very effective life sciences and biotech organisation; CW (Cambridge Wireless), which represents the expertise in Cambridge and beyond; Agri-tech East, which is bringing local agri-business and science together; and Cambridge Cleantech, which connects the companies in sustainability technologies. Other examples include the IoT Forum and Business of Software, both publishers of online content and live events.
Sectorised map of the cluster: A useful, free, resource about companies in the area can be found at: https://www.cambridgeahead.co.uk/cambridge-cluster-insights/