Cambridge Consultants partners with incubator Clearbridge Accelerator

01 July 2016 Consultancy.uk

Cambridge Consultants and Singapore-based Clearbridge Accelerator have joined forces to support Asian medical technology startups. Cambridge Consultants will provide aspiring startups with expertise in product development, while Clearbridge Accelerator will provide them with a range of mentoring support and financial backing.

Clearbridge Accelerator was launched in 2010 to support Asian startups navigate through a range of initial hurdles. The firm is focused on bringing technologies, particularly in the area of healthcare and infosecurity, from out of the laboratory into a commercial environment to create sustainable and lasting enterprises. The organisation is supported by Singapore’s National Research Foundation’s Technology Incubation Scheme, and provides funding, mentorship, and execution support to startups. For serious funding, primarily for late stage pre-IPO startups, funds from CapBridge, a private institutional venture between Clearbridge Accelerator and the Singapore Exchange, are leveraged.

Cambridge Consultants, the product development consultancy arm of Altran, recently announced it will be partnering with Clearbridge Accelerator to create a ‘one-stop shop’ for the acceleration and incubation of medical technology start-ups in Asia. The organisations have signed a memorandum of understanding.

Cambridge Consultants partners with MedTech incubator Clearbridge Accelerator

Cambridge Consultants will provide product development expertise – acting as a virtual research and development centre, to support, accelerate and transform promising ideas into commercial realities. Clear bridge Accelerator will offer startups participating in the programme with mentorship related to strategic, regulatory and operational issues, as well as providing financial guidance and access to funding across the whole spectrum, from seed/series A funding all the way to pre-IPO financing.

Through the combination of the strengths of the two new partners, the product development and funding sides will be covered – allowing for the seamless progression of startups from initial idea to exit.

“Our extensive track record of world-class product development enables us to offer a rapid, reliable route to convert early-stage technology into ready-for-market solutions,” says Miles Upton, Asia General Manager at Cambridge Consultants. “For more than 50 years we have worked with innovative start-ups that want to change the status quo fast – helping them create world firsts that deliver real value. This collaboration with Clearbridge Accelerator will give new companies in the region a fast track to vital competitive edge.

“We invest in breakthrough innovations and technologies that will have global impact and benefits,” says Johnson Chen, Managing Partner at Clearbridge Accelerator. “As an incubator, besides providing direct expertise and funding, we constantly find new ways to help our start-up companies succeed. Through our partnership with Cambridge Consultants, companies can tap into the virtual development model to de-risk product development as well as get to market quickly. We are committed to growing Asian companies globally, as well as supporting international companies entering key Asian markets.”

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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”