Thursday, August 06, 2009

Welcome to the Cambridge Technopole Blog

The Cambridge high tech cluster seems to have reached an important juncture in its development. Recent news headlines provide a flavour of struggles, resilience and on-going renewal of the cluster:
Several factors - some internal, some external - are likely to have an impact the future success of the cluster. Externally, the credit crunch is impacting investment into high tech start-ups and constraining the spend of their customers. Internally, the 'founding fathers' of the Cambridge Phenomenon (the key individuals who, by their actions, have 'set the tone' for the way Cambridge operates) are now passing the baton to a new generation of business leaders to put their mark on the next stage of development of the cluster. But what will be the long term impact for Cambridge of the credit crunch? How will the new generation of entrepreneurs and investors rise to the challenge of ensuring Cambridge emerges from this downturn stronger and better able to weather future storms?
What factors will influence the development of the cluster in the short and long term is not clear, but this is a critical juncture for the on-going development of the cluster. In this blog in the coming months we are going to capture, share and discuss some of the diverse viewpoints relating to these challenges and opportunities.

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