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The Economist’s Insights

The ongoing debate around the difficult balance between the underlying dynamism of the Cambridge cluster and the increasing challenge of obtaining funding has been chewed over regularly but The Economist recently covered it in a clear and balanced way, concluding its thoughtful piece:

Low Carbon business funding – good news for some

Despite current uncertainties in public policy and government spending, there is one area of economic growth and innovation which we can confidently predict will continue to be favourbly prioritised for years to come, the low carbon, renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental ‘cleantech’ sector…

Negotiating with Funders

One of the most challenging issues that entrepreneurs face is negotiating with funders. On the one hand most people are grateful for the offer of funding at all and yet, on the other, the long-term implications of agreeing to the wrong deal terms can be dreadful…

Are there still grants out there to support innovation?

With public sector cutbacks now well and truly upon us, you could be forgiven for thinking that grant money is in short supply. You’d be right; several schemes have already been put on hold pending the Government’s review of public sector spending commitments, most notably…

Finance to oil the wheels of innovation

Most tenants in the St John’s Innovation Centre learn quickly how to make slim resources go a long way. This applies particularly to funding. Yet innovation requires ongoing investment which is hard to get in the current market. In recognition of this, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills recently launched a consultation focused on ‘Financing a Private Sector Recovery’. One to watch?

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