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

Defence and Security

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


Quantum Technologies

Building a £Billion business in Quantum Technology


Biosciences

Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors


Future Cities

The Future Cities Group is part of the Urban Living group


Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Helping UK enterprises large & small to innovate and compete globally, based on sustainability & resource efficiency drivers and opportunities.


Space

Connecting the spectrum of activities across the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy with existing communities, to foster a space community spanning government, industry and academia


Materials

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


Nanotechnology

The KTN Ltd's Nanotechnology Community


Chemistry

Driving Innovation and Value for the chemistry-using industries


Robotics and Autonomous Systems

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


New Events

Tue 12 Jul 2016

11th International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

All Day

Do you have a cutting edge scientific presentation on Additive Manufacturing or a novel or ground...

From Composites

Tue 22 Mar 2016

AILU Additive Manufacturing Workshop

09:30 until 16:15

Workshop Chair: Adam Clare, Associate Professor of Advanced Manufacturing, University of...

From Materials

Wed 17 Feb 2016

Tech Startup Fair London 2016

18:00 until 21:00

TechMeetups has been setup to create a global network of Tech communities from San Francisco to...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 08 Feb 2016

Digital Economy Network: Annual Meeting

10:30 until 16:00

The 2016 annual Digital Economy Network Meeting for CDT Directors, Managers, Administrators,...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 11 Feb 2016

Small Business Finance Markets 2015/16 Report Launch

11:15 until 12:30

Launch event for our new publication ‘Small Business Finance Markets 2015/16’ at the British...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Upcoming Events

Sun 07 Feb 2016

Photovoltaics (PV): strategic alternative energy source for Egypt

All Day

Photovoltaics (PV): strategic alternative energy source for Egypt; from cell to grid connected PV arrays Early career researchers workshop 7-11 February 2016 The British University in Egypt, Cairo,...

From SuperSolar Hub

Mon 08 Feb 2016

New Venture Creation Course: When to start a company

All Day

Forming a new company to create value from academic and research activities is a fundamental decision for the founder with many potentially complex and far-reaching implications for both the...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Mon 08 Feb 2016

Future City Demonstrator Learning Event - London

09:00 until 17:00

Register interest Here... Since 2012, InnovateUK has invested £33m in future cities demonstrators across Glasgow, London, Bristol and Peterborough. The projects were designed to enable cities to...

From Urban Living

Mon 08 Feb 2016

Digital Economy Network Annual Meeting 2016

10:30 until 16:00

The 2016 annual Digital Economy Network Meeting for CDT Directors, Managers, Administrators, other CDT staff and CDT students. Includes a CDT Directors Meeting and meeting session/update from EPSRC...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 08 Feb 2016

Digital Economy Network: Annual Meeting

10:30 until 16:00

The 2016 annual Digital Economy Network Meeting for CDT Directors, Managers, Administrators, other CDT staff and CDT students. Includes a CDT Directors Meeting and meeting session/update from EPSRC...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 08 Feb 2016

Introduction to Startup Law

18:30 until 20:30

Buckworths will present on the subject of legal basics. This free legal session will cover the basic legal issues and documentation required by startups to get up and running. The seminar will...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 09 Feb 2016

CDE Competition Launch Event: 'Detect and treat hearing loss and tinnitus'

All Day

'Detect and treat hearing loss and tinnitus' themed competition briefing - find out more about this themed competition, with up to £500,000 available for phase 1. Brigadier Tim Hodgetts will talk...

From Defence and Security

Tue 09 Feb 2016

FinovateEurope 2016

All Day

On February 9 & 10, 2016, Finovate returns to London with FinovateEurope, a two-day showcase of the latest and greatest financial and banking technology innovations from leading established...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 09 Feb 2016

Internet of Retail

All Day

The Internet of Things is enabling retailers to: Track customers as they move around your store Automatically update stock records as items are taken off selves Receive real-time feedback on the...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 09 Feb 2016

Challenges and Opportunities for Optimising Protein Glycosylation

09:00 until 17:00

Increasing efforts are underway to produce recombinant proteins that have a homogeneous glycan profile, which will lead to products with improved in vivo characteristics (such as half‐life and...

From HealthTech and Medicines