Cambridge Consultants

Cambridge Consultants, part of Capgemini Invent, develops breakthrough products and services, creates and licenses intellectual property, and provides business consultancy in technology-critical issues for clients worldwide. The company has offices in Cambridge (UK), Boston (USA), Tokyo and Singapore, Cambridge Consultants offers solutions across a diverse range of industries including medical and life science, industrial and energy, consumer and retail, and communications and infrastructure.[1] In 2021, Cambridge Consultants became part of Capgemini Invent.

Cambridge Consultants
Founded1960; 63 years ago (1960)
HeadquartersCambridge, UK; Boston, MA, USA; Singapore; Tokyo
Area served
Number of employees
900+ (2022)


Cambridge Consultants was founded in 1960 by three Cambridge University graduates – Tim Eiloart, Rodney Dale, and David Southward – to "put the brains of Cambridge University at the disposal of the problems of British industry".[2]

Initially, the company was privately run. In 1971, it became part of Arthur D. Little (ADL), an American management consultancy firm.[3] In 2002, following ADL's process through Chapter 11, Cambridge Consultants management team acquired the company with the backing of Altran, a global innovation and engineering consulting firm.[4]

In 2020, Altran itself was acquired by Capgemini,[5] with Cambridge Consultants thus also coming under the ownership of the French consultancy conglomerate, under the "Capgemini Invent" umbrella.

Notable spin-outsEdit

Cambridge Consultants has been described as the founder of the Cambridge Cluster[6] and has spun out more than $1bn companies including:


Technology innovations include a drone delivery service,[7][8] machine learning solutions,[9] fitness-enhancing clothing,[10] holographic radar[11] and airborne antenna that will provide widescale 5G coverage.[12]


  1. ^ "About Us". Cambridge Consultants. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  2. ^ About Us at Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  3. ^ Cambridge Consultants Ltd Overview at Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  4. ^ Arthur D. Little Consulting Firm Auctioned Off at Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Capgemini wins fight with Elliott over Altran bid". Financial Times. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  6. ^ Great Debt Owed to Cambridge Consultants at Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  7. ^ Need emergency medicine, better phone drone: Cambridge firm unveils new breakthrough at Retrieved 9 Sep 2018.
  8. ^ This intriguing drone concept drops packages straight into your hands at Retrieved 9 Sep 2018.
  9. ^ AI researcher Monty Barlow teachers a computer to figure out American accents at Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  10. ^ Your next smart shirt will make you look like an extra from 'Tron' at Retrieved 9 Sep 2018.
  11. ^ Holographic radar tracks 1,000 mph shells at Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  12. ^ Airborne antenna that will provide widescale 5G coverage at Retrieved 4 November 2020.

Further readingEdit

  • Dale, Rodney (1979) From Ram Yard to Milton Hilton: A History of Cambridge Consultants Ltd, 1960–1979, 36 pp. Cambridge: Cambridge Consultants Ltd
  • Dale, Rodney (2010) From Ram Yard to Milton Hilton: Cambridge Consultants - the early years, 120 pp. Haddenham, Cambridgeshire: Fern House Publishing, ISBN 978-1-902702-24-7