Why has Cambridge’s tech cluster grown to be so successful? A delegation from the Netherlands – including Sander Dekker, the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science – hoped to find the answer to this question during a visit to St John’s Innovation Centre.
Ellexus’ CEO Rosemary and COO Felicity were invited to join the presentation from St John’s Innovation Centre’s Managing Director David Gill and subsequent roundtable on 28 September in order to share their views on why Cambridge provides the environment for start-ups to prosper. Ellexus was one of four St John’s tenants represented.
The presentation and discussion centred on the emergence of Cambridge as a world leader in technology over the last few decades. Attendees discussed the partnerships between Cambridge University and the city’s businesses, as well as the strength of networks available to entrepreneurs hoping to start a successful business.
Of course, Cambridge does have its challenges and barriers to further growth, an ancient transport infrastructure being one. However, the Dutch visitors were interested to hear more about what makes the environment so successful and hopefully they took some insights home with them.
The Dutch delegation included (from right to left): Simon J.H. Smits; Neelie Kroes, Special Envoy Startup Delta; Sander Dekker, the Dutch State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science; Sigrid Johannisse, Director StartupDelta; Caroline Tempel, Department for Research and Science Policy, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; and Hans Balfoort, International Policy Directorate, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.