The Cambridge Cultivator provides a longer, more cyclical support programme than traditional incubators and accelerators, ensuring that the innovative solutions co-created by researchers, practitioners and communities are developed and diffused effectively, so that their potential for positive impact is realised.
We help to evolve innovative solutions to global challenges and solve problems that undermine the wellbeing of the poorer half of the world’s population. Focusing on people who live on less than $3 a day, the Cultivator creates an enabling environment for cross-sector collaborations, particularly between the capacity in one of the world’s leading universities and the companies in the Cambridge Cluster – the most successful entrepreneurial ecosystem in Europe. This is in collaboration with the people facing global challenges on a daily basis, as only when responses are co-created can locally-appropriate and technologically-advanced solutions be evolved successfully.
Each venture is carefully selected, supported and challenged by CGE. Within the year-long programme, ventures are provided with monthly mentoring sessions, workshops, networking events, connections with experts within specific fields, funding opportunities and peer learning events. CGE also offers office and meeting space, banking support, a small library and an online ‘Cultivator Toolkit’.
The Cultivator uses a five stage process to support our ventures which begins with challenge identification and leads to impact.
- Identify: Together with people from the developing world, identify challenges that have proven hard to solve.
- Convene: Bring together people otherwise unlikely to interact (across disciplines, sectors and countries) to co-create innovative solutions to the challenges identified
- Research & Develop: Pilot and field-test innovations through proof of concept.
- Incubate & Implement: Support the establishment of start-up ventures or implement through established organisations to enable diffusion.
- Impact: Assess the outcomes and impact of the innovation, feeding the learning back into the cultivator and networks.