Our Clusters

Many shy away from innovation. It’s seen as intangible, unattainable, and reserved for a particular kind of business. To us, innovation simply means problem solving and finding better ways of doing business. At its best, it is collaborative, solving real-world challenges, and delivering social good. Our clusters embody our inclusive innovation philosophy. By bringing together research communities and business leaders to focus on a common goal, the clusters encourage the cross-pollination of ideas, technologies, and talent.

Clusters and Technologies We Support

Connected Innovation strategically links key individuals and technologies with sector opportunities across Norfolk and Suffolk, including:

Health and Life Sciences

From drug development using plant proteins to diagnostic devices, collaborations between researchers and businesses in the East are driving advances in public health.

Food and Agri-tech

From the Agri-Food Industry Council, to the food and drink innovation cluster and the Agri-TechE network, we are linking organisations in the food supply chain to explore sustainable ways of achieving global food security.


NAAME is the cluster for advanced manufacturing & engineering businesses. It brings together industry, academic, and civic partners to share ideas, challenges, and best practice driving forward the digitalisation of manufacturing processes and supporting more sustainable methods of manufacturing and engineering.


Along with investment in nuclear and offshore wind, Hydrogen East, East Wind, and EEEGR are helping to consolidate the East as the UK’s clean growth centre with novel and innovative methods of energy production.

Marine Science

The Marine Science and Technology Sector Council brings together world-leading researchers and scientists working on projects that champion effective conservation and envision a sustainable future for our rivers, seas, and the oceans.

AI and Robotics

AI is rapidly transforming every area of society. We support a range of interdisciplinary and cross-sector opportunities in AI, promoting its ethical and responsible development.

Digital Tech

Innovation Martlesham is a high-tech cluster based at Adastral Park. It is home to global companies, SMEs, and startups, as well as the University of Suffolk DigiTech Centre for training.


Space East is the UK’s newest space cluster. It brings together leaders from across industry, research, and Government to explore new opportunities in the UK space sector.

Creative Industries

The DCMS funded Creative East programme, managed by New Anglia LEP, supports the scaling up and investment readiness of creative businesses in the region by bringing together mentors, experts, investors, and key industry platers to accelerate their growth journey.

Ready to make your mark?

Are you a business, hub, or investor interested in getting involved in Connected Innovation? We want to hear from you!