Join networks, make connections; discover what effective knowledge transfer and open innovation can do for your business.

"Open innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as the firms look to advance their technology."

Harvard Business School

_connect is an initiative from the UK's Technology Strategy Board with the singular aim of making open innovation happen.

The networks on _connect are home to some of UK Industry's brightest minds, and they are waiting to collaborate on their next exciting projects.

Join _connect and see what open innovation can do for your business.

Featured networks

Resource Efficiency and Environmental Services

Accelerating the UK's transition to a low carbon, resource and energy efficient economy.


The Materials Community aims to bring together the materials supply chain to accelerate innovation, improve global competitiveness and sustainability.


The KTN Ltd's Nanotechnology Community


Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors

Chemistry Innovation

Driving Innovation and Value for the chemistry-using industries


Aiming to connect the spectrum of activities across the Space IGS with existing KTNs to foster a Space community spanning Government, Industry and Academia


Seeking both to improve the flow of knowledge between the UK’s civil and defence communities and to identify new opportunities for technology exploitation

Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Supporting the development of a new industrial RAS sector in the UK

Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

To be a beacon for successful wealth creation from knowledge.

Future Cities Special Interest Group

The Future Cities Special Interest Group is exploring the challenges and opportunities around shaping the urban environment for future generations in cities.

Popular events

Thu 24 Apr 2014

Competition Briefing: Realising the Graphene Revolution

10:00 until 17:00

The Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)...

From Technology Strategy Board Network

Thu 24 Apr 2014

Competition WEBINAR: Realising the Graphene Revolution

10:00 until 12:30

The Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)...

From Technology Strategy Board Network

Fri 25 Apr 2014

Sundance London Film Festival

All Day

Running from 25-27 April 2014, the third Sundance London is set to feature top independent film...

From Creative Industries

Fri 25 Apr 2014

MiniBar Monthly MeetUp

18:00 until 22:00

Monthly networking MeetUp evening bringing together tech and digital startups with talks around...

From Creative Industries

Mon 28 Apr 2014

Crossover Scotland Development Lab

All Day

The XO Development Lab is an opportunity for practitioners in creative fields looking to develop...

From Creative Industries

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Ultimately aiming for automotive and distributed energy storage markets Ilika claims methodology for first 'stackable' solid state battery

Ilika , a research spin-off from the University of Southampton, last week announced it has achieved a simple methodology for producing a stacked solid-state cell battery that, it says, is...

Technology Strategy Board announces competition winners

£10million-worth of R&D project funding In October last year the Transport KTN ran a consortia-building event for the Accelerating Innovation in Rail collaborative R&D...

£25m TSB Funding Call: Delivering Aerospace Industrial Strategy through advancing technology capability

Competition opens: 16 September 2013 Registration deadline: 20 November 2013 Application deadline: 27 November 2013 Government and industry published in March 2013 a joint...

The perfectly mobile city would have tube trains as frequent as London, be as safe as Copenhagen and as much car sharing as Stuttgart

With a background of more than a half of the world’s population now living in urban areas, and forecast to rise to 60% by 2030, management consulting firm Arthur D. Little , in...

Chance to influence the Chancellor - Have your say on what you would like to see in Budget 2014

The government is seeking your views on what you would like to see in Budget 2014 , which will take place on 19 March 2014 . In the interest of open & transparent policy-making, the...

Going Digital, Going Green?

Alison Tickell, Chief Executive of Julie's Bicycle , writes about how the creative industries can use digital technologies to have a positive impact on the environment. The creative...

New Construction Strategy

The Cabinet Office announced the  Government’s new Construction Strategy  on 31 May 2011.  The report announced the Government's intention to require collaborative...

£1.5M Competition - A digital tool for Building Information Modeling

The Technology Strategy Board are running this SBRI competition in partnership with the BIM Task Group  and the D epartment for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to support the...

EPSRC Funding: Research Institute in Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems

Competition Opens: 17 December 2013 Competition Closes: 13 February 2014 Reflecting the aims of the National Cyber Security Programme, UK Government and its delivery partners are working...