Cambridge Wide Open Day to drive inclusive collaboration

o2h group, the creators of innovative SciTech communities, has launched the Cambridge Wide Open Day, offering a unique insight into the city best known as the ‘UK Centre of Science & Technology’. The inaugural event will take place on Wednesday 14th June 2023, welcoming science enthusiasts and local residents alike from across the Cambridge community - giving everyone the opportunity to explore the city’s world-class science and technology facilities all in one day.

After setting up a new Department of Science, Innovation and Technology in February 2023, the UK government published its ‘International Technology Strategy’ last week. This new strategy sets out its approach to making the UK a science and technology superpower by 2030 and draws on industry, finance, academia and civil society to drive innovation, provide thought leadership and tackle global challenges.

Cambridge has long championed collaboration and is already recognised internationally as one of the leading science and technology clusters in the world - a reputation built on world-leading innovation, fast-growing science and tech companies, academia and innovation centres, all underpinned by investment, people and skills.

Cambridge Wide Open Day seeks to further progress this world-leading position. With the support of local government, together with renowned personalities and organisations associated with Cambridge tech, this first of its kind event will host a fully interactive day showcasing the exciting companies, inventions and facilities located in Cambridge.

Prashant Shah, co-founder, o2h group, is the mastermind behind this new event. He says: “Cambridge is alive and bursting with ideas, funding, IP, emerging companies and new facilities. This interactive Day encourages that inclusive collaboration which is so vital for the region’s continued expansion and growth. From facilitating introductions and boosting investment to finding bigger premises and inspiring the next generation workforce, this Open Day gives everyone the chance to visit and experience the world-renowned Cambridge cluster up-close and first-hand.”

Many leading organisations across the Cambridge ecosystem will be taking part including Cambridge Science Park, Illumina, AstraZeneca, Cambridge Innovation Capital, Milner Therapeutics Institute, UKSPA, Judge Business School and Start Codon. Cambridge Wide Open Day is also being supported by other local organisations such as The Combined Authority and local councils, Cambridge& and Form the Future.

Dr Hermann Hauser FRS, KBE, Co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, commented: “Congratulations to Prashant Shah for initiating the Cambridge Wide Open Day, a great new addition to the Cambridge Cluster Ecosystem. I wish it every success.”

Harriet Fear MBE, Director of Cambridge&, said: “We are delighted to be a part of the Open Cambridge event. The Greater Cambridge region is at the centre of one of the most exciting science and technology clusters in the world. ”

Paul Hughes, COO at one participating company, BIOS Health said: “Cambridge buildings are the home to some of the world’s most exciting technology business and business people – some fledgling, some mature. People rarely get the opportunity to see what goes on behind the closed doors of these bioscience, cleantech, gaming, deep-tech, hardware and software pioneers. The Cambridge Wide Open Day initiative fixes that – you are no longer looking through the keyhole, you are unlocking the door.”

Cambridge Wide Open Day is Open 11.00am – 3.00pm on WednesDay 14th June 2023.  Bus and VIP tours are available from Cambridge station at 11.00 am.  At the end of the Day, all visitors are invited to a garden party reception at the o2h co-work labs at Hauxton House, Mill SciTech Park, 4.00pm - 9.00pm.



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