Ignite has been attracting projects from the high technology sector for a number of years, influencing the development of numerous start-ups and spin-outs. The programme provides access to one of the most successful technology clusters in the world.
The ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’ is a term used to describe the rapid and successful growth of science-based industry in and around the city, which has established a reputation as one of the most successful technology business clusters in the world and earned it the nickname ‘Silicon Fen’, a rich entrepreneurial ecosystem providing a wealth of invaluable networking opportunities and connections.
Many of these businesses have connections to the University of Cambridge, with innovations deriving from research conducted in University laboratories. The innovators based both at the University of Cambridge and in the wider, local community have developed over 1,600 firms employing more than 30,000 people. The collaboration between academia and the private sector continues to influence the growth and prosperity of the Cambridge Phenomenon.
Previous Ignite delegates have come from a range of business organisations and academic institutions including Microsoft, Good Year, ARM, Marshall Aerospace, Tata Ryerson (India), Toshiba Research Europe, and BT. Projects can cover any area within the high technology sector. In the past, these have included:
- Artificial intelligence
- Aerospace technology
- Environmental Technology (Greentech/ Cleantech)
- Material Sciences
- Electrical engineering
- Web-based tools/Enabling software
- Digital social enterprises