Cambridge which is often referred to as Silicon Fen, is home to a large cluster of high tech businesses focusing on software, electronics and biotechnology. The sector was born out of and remains close to the University of Cambridge and is now considered one of the most important technology centres in Europe. Tech businesses in Cambridge turned over £2.4 billion in 2018 and is highly productive with Cambridge tech employees contributing a significant £152,000 of turnover to the economy per year.

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The Numbers in the East of England

£8.33 bn Digital Tech Turnover
19,090 Digital tech business count
89,000 Employment in digital tech
£101,000 Digital tech productivity per worker
Source: Source: Tech Nation Tech Report - 2019

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Companies from Cambridge

In the face of a growing AI skills shortage, Cambridge has managed to grow its AI sector, with Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, ARM and Samsung all investing in AI research teams based in the city. Cambridge is producing big companies too with the likes of Darktrace, ARM, CSR, Autonomy and CMR Surgical all hailing from the area. Top tech companies to look out for include,, Healx, Featurespace, FiveAI,, Healthera, Riverlane, Predictimmune, Qkine, Entomics and

Recent Acquisitions

  • ARM acquired by Softbank
  • Granta Design acquired by ANSYS
  • Redux acquired by Google
  • Grapeshot acquired by Oracle
  • Evi Technologies acquired by Amazon
  • VocalIQ acquired by Apple
  • Neul acquired by Huaweii
  • AlertMe acquired by British Gas

Ecosystem Builders in Cambridge

Investment Community

  • Cambridge Capital Group
  • Amadeus Capital
  • ETCapital
  • Cambridge Innovation Capital
  • IQ Capital
  • Invoke Capital
  • Martlet Capital
  • Motive Partners
  • Syndicate Room
  • Cambridge Angels

Key Events

  • Technology Ventures Conference
  • Business of Software Europe
  • Cleantech Futures
  • Agile Cambridge

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