Looking back at an amazing 2018

2018 was a great year here at the Bradfield Centre, so we thought we would share some of our highlights.

More than 80 high tech companies now call The Bradfield Centre home, including seven University spinouts.

October saw the awarding of the inaugural Trinity Bradfield Prize. Entrepreneurial teams from across Cambridge University were invited to present in front of the distinguished panel of judges chaired by Nobel Prize Winner Sir Gregory Winter, and a respected audience. A total of £25,000 was awarded to the three winners. The teams also won 3 months free space in the Bradfield Centre with the associated support and connections The Bradfield Centre team provide.

In other great funding news, members Spectral Edge raised a $5.3 million Series A. The University of East Anglia spin out has developed and patented technology which uses state of the art imaging science with machine learning to improve pictures and videos on mass-market devices. This is achieved in real time with a pixel-level, embeddable technology that can be implemented in software or in silicon.

Simprints joined in July. They’re a non-profit that provides biometric technology to enable access to services in developing countries. For example, doctors can instantly see a person’s medical history and provide much faster treatment, and Simprints have already tested its effectiveness for pregnant women in Bangladesh. This technology has the potential to be revolutionary and we can’t wait to see how their 2019 goes.

Gearset were also new arrivals to the building. Gearset was founded in early 2015 as a spin out of local Cambridge success, Redgate. Gearset provides simple release management for Salesforce. Their powerful features and intuitive design quickly made them the deployment tool of choice for some of the largest companies in the world.

2018 was our first full year of operation and we have now hosted more than 380 events attracting more than 16,500 attendees. We have hosted a huge number of really successful conferences, and we are humbled by the fact that so many of Cambridge’s regular Tech Meetup groups choose The Bradfield to host their events. Shout outs to Cambridge Wordpress Meetup, Cambridge PHP Meetup, Cambridge Social Media Meetup, Optimsey SEO Meetup, Cambridge Marketing Meetup, and the Elm Cambridge Meetup - thanks for making the Cambridge Tech ecosystem so vibrant and supportive.

We now have multiple events on most days of the week, so keep a close eye on our event page and sign up to our newsletter to ensure you don’t miss out!

Finally, last year we launched Office Hours, where you can get free, no strings attached, advice for growing your business from a range of experts. A huge thank you to Cofinitive Communications, PEM, Amadeus Capital, Metro Bank and Cambridge Angels for giving back to the community in such a generous way. Stay tuned for announcements on more companies joining the Office Hours roster in 2019!

There is so much going on - If you need to scale up space for your business, want to attend an informative event to learn & network, or just want great coffee and fast wi-fi, we hope to see you in The Bradfield Centre soon.

Here’s to a great 2019.

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