The future starts here

On Tuesday, 5th October 2010, three hundred global business leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs, academics and media converged on Cambridge for The Future Starts Here: The Cambridge Phenomenon 50th Anniversary Conference.

The day was structured around four themes: IT; Biosciences; Funding; and the Future. Exhilarating presentations and challenging debates were punctuated by one-minute pitches by the CEOs of promising young companies who were competing in an audience vote to be the Cambridge Phenomenon's most exciting company of the future.

The conference featured a number of exclusives for Cambridge including the first public celebration of the part played by David Southward and Rodney Dale in co-founding Cambridge Consultants in 1960; the first public presentation by Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge; the first conference featuring the IT sector talking about the contribution of the Bioscience sector and vice versa; and the first debate about the future of the Cambridge cluster with speakers from Cambridge, the USA and China.


Distinguished speakers and panellists: See all

Julie Meyer (Conference MC)

Julie Meyer is an American-born entrepreneur, investor, business adviser, networking expert, broadcaster and business commentator. Having worked in the investment and business advisory world for more than 20 years, Julie is the founder and Chief Executive of Ariadne Capital and the Managing Partner of Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund (ACE). Full profile

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

Vice-Chancellor Designate of the University of Cambridge and Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz was knighted in 2001 for his research into developing vaccines. Full profile

Will Hutton

Will Hutton is executive vice chair of The Work Foundation, the most influential voice on work, employment and organisation issues in the UK. Regularly called on to advise senior political and business figures and comment in the national and international media, Will is today one of the pre-eminent economics commentators in the country. Full profile

Warren East

Warren East is the CEO of ARM Holdings, one of the most important semiconductor companies in the world. The company has now shipped more processor cores than there are people on the planet. Full profile

Who attended

A total of 358 delegates attended the event from a wide range of sectors and geographies. During the day they participated in Q&As, voting and the election of the award winners.

Who attended

Click here to download the full delegate list (pdf)