CETC Event: Technology Clusters


Three speakers with outstanding credentials on the subject of technology clusters will examine the Cambridge model and compare it to international counterparts (such as Silicon Valley, Munich, Sofia Antipolis and Grenoble) at the next Cambridge Europe and Technology Club event on Thursday, April 29t

h at St John's Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge.(Finger buffet from 6:00pm. Seminar starts at 6.30 pm).

As usual, the presentations will be followed by a Question & Answer session. The event will be chaired by CETC committee member, Simon Kite.

Dr Elizabeth Garnsey is reader in Innovation Studies in the Department of Engineering and at the Judge Institute of Management Studies, University of Cambridge. She advises high tech companies on academic-industry liaison, and business development strategy. She has advised the Bank of England and Treasury and presented evidence to parliamentary committees on these issues. Dr Garnsey will highlight economic theory and government policy on industrial clusters. She will also examine the way in which entrepreneurial spin-outs and networks have operated to create unique knowledge-based clusters in Cambridge.

Dr Peter Hewkin will be well known to many of our members as CEO of the Cambridge Network, which has a membership of 1,300 organisations. Dr Hewkin will talk about raising Cambridge's game in order to get an edge over ambitious regions which are snapping at our heels. This includes thoughts on leveraging the Cambridge brand, using each other's track records/experience and maximising the benefits from tech savvy angels in order to be quicker to spot good ideas and better able to market ourselves to global partners.

Dr Paul Johnson is CEO of Cyan Technology and is highly regarded as a prolific innovator with commercial awareness. His industrial career started at Cambridge Consultants. He then went on to found one of the initial Cambridge companies involved in personal computing in the early eighties. Dr Johnson can attribute some 250 projects to his technical leadership. Cyan Technology designs and sells silicon chips, with the manufacturing being sub-contracted (a 'fables' semiconductor company). Dr Johnson will draw on his significant commercial experience to comment on the practical aspects of being part of a cluster.

In addition to the above speakers, we are delighted to welcome Dr Berenice Mann from APU to give a brief presentation on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, a form of government-subsidised assistance.

Cost: Free to CETC members, 10 to non-members. Booking (with payment if a non-member) is essential. To book, send your name, company name, telephone number and e-mail address to honsec@cetc.info.

If payment is required, please send your cheque (made payable to CETC) to:

Guy Mulley, Hon Secretary, CETC

c/o NW Brown Employee Benefits

Richmond House

16-20 Regents Street, Cambs, CB2 1DB

Tel/Fax: 01223 720256

E-mail: honsec@cetc.info

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