One of the world's leading mathematicians, Sir Vaughan Jones, grew up in Cambridge before heading overseas to change the way the world thinks about aspects of algebra and knot theory. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1990 and a year later, awarded the Rutherford Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1991. More recently, he's been Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Cambridge's biggest employer is Fonterra which supplies 30% of the world's dairy products and is well-known for its use of cutting edge technologies to compete against other major producers in the production of powdered milk products, cheeses and other foods.
Being based in a small rural town doesn't mean you can't take on global markets and succeed - Cambridge's Car Park Technologies has developed systems specially for the car parking industry and now supplies companies in Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East.
The Cambridge and Te Awamutu Chambers of Commerce hold the annual Waipa District Excellence in Business Awards and have a special award for innovation. Recent finalists have included local businesses that specialise in jewellery, health products, property management and mobile radio .