About Cambridge Ahead

Cambridge Ahead is a business and academic member group dedicated to the successful growth of Cambridge and its region in the long term. Our vision is for Cambridge to be the pre-eminent, small city in the world.

The group aims to represent the city’s business community and our partners who share our vision, by offering soundly-based opinion and be an advocate for Cambridge to local and national governments about the opportunities and needs of the region. At any one time we will have no more than 10 specific initiatives with defined objectives and measurable outcomes. We are politically non-aligned.

Cambridge Ahead will represent businesses and their interests in the ‘Cambridge City Region’, which we define as places which are complementary and subject to the same influences as Cambridge. However, our work may involve us outside the region where there are directly relevant issues, for instance national transport infrastructure, science policy, and regional initiatives.



  • Book launch: The Cambridge Phenomenon: Global Impact – 1st June

    The Cambridge Phenomenon describes the incredible explosion of technology, life sciences and service companies that has occurred in the city since 1960. It is also the name of the company set up by entrepreneur Charles Cotton and this event celebrates […] Read More »
  • Smart City Event Amsterdam – 7-10th June

    With 500+ participants from over 30 different countries, interactive roundtable sessions, inspiring excursions and lots of networking opportunities, the Smart City Event 2015 was a great success. The Smart City Event Amsterdam 2016 has the mission to bring together the […] Read More »
  • International Festival for Business, Liverpool – 13th June-1st July 2016

    The International Festival for Business is a global marketplace for creating connections and doing deals. It brings together thousands of businesses from around the world for over 2 weeks of events, networking and deal-making. It’s a global gathering of the world’s most inspiring businesses; […] Read More »
  • Brains Eden 2016 Gaming Festival ─ 24-27th June

    Brains Eden 2016 Gaming Festival is a massive game jam and event held annually at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and supported by some of the biggest games companies in the world, where teams have 48 hours to make original games based […] Read More »
  • Smart Grids and CleanPower 2016, Cambridge – 26th-27th June

    CIR hosts the 7th Smart Grids Conference at a brand new luxury executive conference centre in Cambridge centre for the two days of talks bringing together innovator technology providers with smart grid project buyers. Who’ll be there? Innovators, investors, entrepreneurs, […] Read More »