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Pitching, St John's Innovation Centre

Gentlemen of the Press, the Lady from the BBC

Earlier this month, after much planning, we finally held the ‘Meerkats & Avatars’ event at the Hauser Forum, Cambridge. During the day, a dozen early-stage companies based in the region exhibited potentially ground-breaking new products – from solar panels to cancer diagnostics, syncing and charging plugs via music in the cloud and network device visualisation. It was exhilarating to see that despite two years of a tough economic climate, ‘Silicon Fen’ hasn’t lost its ability to innovate – in spades.

Cambridge cluster, St John's Innovation Centre

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:

Business Finance, St John's Innovation Centre

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…

Business Finance, Business Planning, St John's Innovation Centre

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…

Business Finance, St John's Innovation Centre

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…

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