Ten Companies that Prove Cambridge is a Great Place for Tech Start Ups

Kingly Brookes, June 17th, 2015

As the location of the second oldest University in the English speaking world, Cambridge’s history in academia is long and storied. Couple this with a close proximity to London, one of the most vibrant hubs of the international business and technology world, and you have a hotbed for creativity and innovation. Here are ten companies that demonstrate how Cambridge is at the forefront of the tech world and a prime location for prospective tech start ups.


With their newly appointed CEO Nicole Eagen (former Oracle and Autonomy employee), Darktrace are keeping companies safe by tracking hackers and their cyber attacks in real time giving companies up to the second protection and awareness.


Present in Cambridge since 1997, Microsoft started with a small team of technicians to research the very fundamentals of computing, including machine learning and its merits, security and information retrieval. Over the years the team has grown significantly, and now occupies a large office in central Cambridge.

Guerrilla Cambridge

As one of Sony’s favourite game developers, Guerrilla Cambridge have been working on creating futuristic shooters such as the Killzone series as well as more retro and indie feeling titles such as Medieval and the PSP port of Little Big Planet.

HP Autonomy

The Cambridge arm of HP, Autonomy, is a specialised big data team who focus on enterprise data collection, analysis and analytics.


Primarily a hardware producer, CSR’s computer chips are used for GPS, Bluetooth and audio technologies. Their largest piece of news to date was being acquired by Qualcomm in 2014 for $2.5 billion.

Frontier Developments

As a Cambridge graduate in 1984 David Braben created Elite, a space exploration game and probably the first ever open world gaming experience. Frontier Developments’ main studio still resides in Cambridge and has seen huge success with its latest update to the Elite franchises, Elite: Dangerous, that simulates a virtual Milky Way galaxy with over 400 billion stars.


Featurespace uses behavioural analytics to study what’s happening on a website and reliably predict future activity. It’s currently used by betting site Betfair to detect fraud, and has recently announced a partnership with KPMG to help financial services companies detect fraud.


Whilst primarily an American company, Amazon has a developmental arm in Cambridge with flight engineers and research scientists starting development on their experimental automatic drone delivery services.


Whilst not much is known about Apple’s new offices in Cambridge, we do know that the space they’ve bought is big enough for 40 employees and will most likely be a research and development space.


The chips created and sold by Cambridge based ARM can be found in mobile devices from smartphones and tablets. Probably the most widely used consumer product in the world, it is reckoned that around 4.3 billion people use devices containing ARM chips every day.


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