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226 England | Full Member St John’s Innovation Centre St John’s Innovation Centre was established by St John’s College, part of the University of Cambridge, in 1987 to provide early-stage, knowledge-based companies with business advice, strategic consultancy, introductions, and flexible accommodation. It was the first innovation centre of its kind in Europe and has become world-renowned for its success as a business incubator. The Centre is located at the heart of the Greater Cambridge technology cluster, in which it plays a pivotal role. The centre has a prime location on the northern fringe of Cambridge, conveniently situated just off the A14/A10 junction. Locati on Cowley Road Cambridge CB4 0WS C ontact detai l s Miranda Edwards T: 01223 420252 E: History and Buildings The Park is situated on 21 acres of land which St John’s College has owned since the 16th century. The concept of developing the Park was to encourage and facilitate the creation of knowledge- based businesses. The Park houses businesses which have come from all sources, including the University of Cambridge, other research and academic organisations, consultancies and spin- outs from other businesses. The Innovation Centre was built in 1987 with a total of 2,220m 2 . It was one of the first buildings which offered technology businesses the opportunity to obtain their own offices without making a long-term financial commitment on the lease. The flexible, easy-in, easy-out accommodation has proved very popular over the years. The success of the Centre led to an extension of the facilities in two phases and the Centre now offers 4,860m 2 of accommodation. Adjacent to the Innovation Centre is the Jeffreys Building, which was built in UKSPA Directory 2017 1990 and provides 3,126m 2 to a number of businesses wanting larger accommodation and longer leases. St John’s House was built in 1994 and is occupied by Cambridge Silicon Radio, a quoted company which spun out of Cambridge Consultants. Management The Innovation Centre Managing Director is David Gill, a Cambridge graduate who has extensive experience in working with early stage technology companies. David, as well as being a qualified barrister, has worked in Investment Banking – he has been Head of Innovation & Technology with HSBC and a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and immediately prior to joining St John’s was a Director of a venture capital company focused on early- stage technology companies. Mission Statement St John’s Innovation Centre exists to provide a dynamic and supportive incubation environment to accelerate