For Immediate Release - March 15, 2011

Massachusetts and UK Tech Sector Leaders Discuss Entrepreneurship Collaboration in Cambridge, UK

CAMBRIDGE, UK - Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - Convening tech sector executives, entrepreneurs and university leaders for a collaborative session at one of the UK's premier innovation hubs, Massachusetts tech and IT leaders today joined ideaSpace Director Stewart McTavish to highlight opportunities for collaboration and share best practices in university-driven entrepreneurship and business incubation.

The session continued to build on the foundation being developed throughout the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011, which began in Israel last week and features three days of events in the UK from March 14-16.

"Cambridgeshire is one of the regions in the UK that mirrors many of the strengths that make Massachusetts leader of the innovation revolution," said Patrick Larkin, Director of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's John Adams Innovation Institute, member of the Governor's delegation. "In the global economy, alliances between Massachusetts and innovation ecosystems like Cambridge in the UK, that connect people and combine ideas at the frontier of research and innovation, accelerate new business opportunities and commercialization in mutually beneficial ways."

"We have built ideaSpace to serve as an innovation hub, which makes it the ideal venue for this collaborative working session between the UK and Massachusetts on ways to catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship," said ideaSpace Director Stewart McTavish.


"This is an extraordinary opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices for translating the amazing research and innovation taking place in universities into the new companies and products that will become economic engines and improve our quality of life."

ideaSpace is part of the Hauser Forum, the University of Cambridge's home of Cambridge Enterprise, a university-wide technology transfer operation. The Hauser Forum and ideaSpace are located in the West Cambridge Research and Development Park, home to the Microsoft Research Center and the Schlumberger Research Center among other major R&D operations. Both Microsoft and Schlumberger have R&D facilities in Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts was represented by Tom Hopcroft, president and CEO at Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council; John Kelleher, general counsel at Endeca; Howard Kogan, chief technology & strategy officer at Communispace; Patrick Larkin, director at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's John Adams Innovation Institute; Andy Norman, COO at GlassHouse Technologies; Andy Ory, founder, president and CEO at Acme Packet; and Andrew Tarsy, executive director at the Progressive Business Leaders Network.

The Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011 has included meetings with Israeli and UK business leaders and government officials in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, London and Cambridge. The Massachusetts delegation arrived in Israel on March 7th, and will depart the United Kingdom on March 17th to return to Boston.