Innovate Cambridge Summit 2023

11 October 2023 | Noon - 5.30pm, followed by a networking drinks reception

The Guildhall, 1-6 Corn Exchange Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QF

This summit is presenting a proposed innovation strategy for Cambridge - what needs to be done to maximise the impact the ecosystem can have, and to ensure everyone in the region benefits. 

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13.00 – 13.45

State of the Nation

Presentation of the innovation vision and strategy that has been developed for the Greater Cambridge Ecosystem 

  • Professor Deborah Prentice, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
  • Professor Roderick Watkins, Vice Chancellor, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Lord David Willetts, Chair, Innovate Cambridge
  • Robert Pollock, CEO, Cambridge City Council
  • Dr Giorgia Longobardi, CEO, Cambridge GaN Devices
  • Dr Ant Rowstron FREng, Vice President Cloud Systems Future, Microsoft Research

13.45 – 15.20

Ensuring the innovation ecosystem is firing on all cylinders


Activating our innovation assets - What does Cambridge need to do to compete on a global stage?

  • Ranch Kimball reflects on Kendall Square, its journey and how that relates to the outcome from the Innovate Cambridge work.

Followed by a panel discussing the funding landscape:

  • Louis Taylor, Managing Director, British Business Bank
  • Dr Andrew Williamson, Managing Partner, Cambridge Innovation Capital
  • Duncan Johnson, CEO, Northen Gritstone
  • Theodora Harold, CEO, Crescendo Biologics

And a discussion on the Spaces to Places agenda:

  • Jane Hutchins, Director, Cambridge Science Park
  • Caroline Foster, Development Director, Urban and Civic


Maximising our unique strengths - How do we nurture the people that deliver pioneering discoveries? What Cambridge can do to accelerate the UK's lead globally?

  • Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser presents UKRI's vision for the Science Super Power agenda and the unique role Cambridge plays for the UK.

A panel of key academics and founders continue this discussion:

  • Professor Allan Bradley, CEO and entrepreneur
  • Poppy Gustafsson, Chief Executive Officer, Darktrace
  • Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of Cambridge

15.20 – 15.45

Coffee Break

15.45 – 16.15


Forming partnerships and increasing porosity

How can Cambridge achieve scale and deliver economic benefits across the UK? Key notes from: 

  • Professor Andy Neely, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Manufacturing, University of Cambridge
  • Lou Cordwell, Director, ID Manchester
  • Andy Williams, Chair, OxCam Supercluster Board

16.15 – 17.00


Delivering for the local community

How can we provide value and benefit for all?

  • Antony Ross, Development Chair, Greater Cambridge Social Impact Fund
  • Professor Emily Shuckburgh, Director, Cambridge Zero
  • Sonita Alleyne, Master of Jesus College, University of Cambridge
  • Roland Sinker, Chief Executive, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

17.00 – 17.30

Reflections and rallying cry


Next steps - a rallying cry for the ecosystem to sign up to a bright and action oriented future. We will welcome Ministers and Shadow Ministers to close the summit with their reflections

17.30 onwards

Drinks reception


Full list of speakers


The 2023 Innovate Cambridge Summit is supported by: