The ‘Silicons’ of Science and Technology

San Francisco Bay – Tel Aviv – Cambridge. Not often will you find these three in the same sentence. But, do you know what the three of them have in common? Technology.

Within the southern part San Francisco Bay Area sits ‘Silicon Valley’. Synonymous with technology the world over, Silicon Valley is home to many of the world’s largest high-tech corporations, including the headquarters of 39 businesses in the Fortune 1000, and thousands of startup companies. Silicon Valley also accounts for a third of all venture capital investment in the United States.

Tel Aviv, Israel, is the focal point of the high-tech concentration known as the ‘Silicon Wadi’. Home to the ‘hottest’ startups on the planet, Tel Aviv plays host to over 5,000 startups – and that number is growing.

And… Cambridge. The southern tip of the English Fenland is home to a number of business hubs that together make up the ‘Cambridge Cluster’, otherwise known as ‘Silicon Fen’. One of those is Cambridge Science Park. Established in 1970 by Trinity College, Cambridge Science Park is Europe’s longest-serving and largest centre for commercial research and development. Cambridge Science Park is a concentration of science and technology related businesses with strong links to the University of Cambridge and houses businesses from numerous industries but generally technologically focussed. Covering sectors from bio-medical to environmental; from technical consulting to telecoms, the site – left derelict upon the conclusion of the Second World War – has developed into a centre for scientific enterprise and innovation.

In February 2015, former Prime Minister, David Cameron announced plans to construct one of Britain’s largest research and innovation centres set within the heart of Cambridge Science Park. With a £4.8m donation from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and co-funding from Trinity College, the John Bradfield Centre falls directly in-line with the Government’s sustained commitment to support the research undertaken in East Anglia, with science spending protected until 2020.

Construction of the prestigious £20m facility began in February 2016. Named in honour of Sir John Bradfield, a Senior Bursar at Trinity College who was instrumental in the creation of the Cambridge Science Park, Bradfield saw that establishing links between the University and the technology sector was fundamental to the Science Park’s success, which is now home to more than 5,000 entrepreneurs and innovators across 90 companies, including Bayer CropScience, Huawei UK and Worldpay Ltd.

The John Bradfield Centre opened its doors to house its first tenants in July 2017. With the train station nearby linking to London’s King’s Cross and beyond, and ideally located at the heart of Cambridge Science Park, the John Bradfield Centre is set to become a focal point for entrepreneurial activity in Greater Cambridge.

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