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

HealthTech and Medicines

Building a Healthy Nation through Business Innovation


Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors


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

Robotics and Autonomous Systems

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

Quantum Technologies

Building a £Billion business in Quantum Technology


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


Creating a competitive advantage for the UK by facilitating knowledge exchange on Information and Communications Technologies and accelerating innovation.

Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

To be a beacon for successful wealth creation from knowledge.

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

Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

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

New Events

Wed 14 Sep 2016

Forensic Science In Defence and Security

All Day

Following the symposium launch in 2015 which saw over 200 delegates attend, the Forensics in...

From Forensic Science

Tue 27 Sep 2016

H2020 Consortia Building Workshop

09:30 until 16:30

Brought to you by KTN, the UK National Contact Points (NCPs), SusChem UK and Enterprise Europe...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Thu 22 Sep 2016

amc 13th Technical Meeting: Supply Chain Logistics for Cell Therapies

09:00 until 17:00

The day will include a combination of specialised talks on the main theme, a choice of workshops...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Tue 08 Oct 2013

Imaging, sensing and digital in gi medicine - enteric htc hackday 2016

Oct 08 / 09:00 until Oct 14 / 17:00

Friday 14th October 2016 - London The aim of this meeting is to bring together people with an...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Wed 19 Oct 2016

Collaborate 2016

09:00 until 17:00

Collaborate 2016 is back and building on the success of last year’s event. The day is again...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Upcoming Events

Mon 25 Jul 2016

ANM2016: 2nd International Conference on Graphene Technology

All Day

ANM2016 is conference series on nanotechnology that will be held at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, Europe, focusing on the below parallel events: (i) 7th International conference on Advanced...

From Graphene Special Interest Group

Mon 25 Jul 2016

OpenPlant Forum (featuring industry-academia networking event)

All Day

OpenPlant Forum is the annual meeting at the OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre - exploring open technologies and future applications for plant synthetic biology. The Forum brings together...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Mon 25 Jul 2016

Agri-Food Innovation in Turkey Competition Brokering Day

09:00 until 17:00

Innovate UK and TÜBİTAK (the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) are inviting proposals for innovative commercial solutions to challenges in the agri-food sector in Turkey. The...

From Biosciences

Mon 25 Jul 2016

Symplectic Geometry and Topology

Jul 25 / 09:00 until Jul 29 / 17:00

Symplectic topology is a rapidly developing branch of mathematics, which originated as a geometric tool for understanding qualitative problems of classical mechanics and geometric optics....

From Industrial Mathematics

Tue 26 Jul 2016

Ferroelectric Semiconductors for Energy Conversion

09:00 until 18:00

Ferroelectric Semiconductors for Energy Conversion (FEC-2016) Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, Bath, United Kingdom The workshop is motivated by the potential to harness spontaneous...

From SuperSolar Hub

Wed 27 Jul 2016

Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials & Thin Films for Energy Applications

All Day

International Conference on Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials & Thin Films for Energy Applications The scope of the Conference covers the following nanoenergy fields: Nanomaterials and nanotechnology...

From Materials

Wed 27 Jul 2016

Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials & Thin Films for Energy Applications

All Day

3rd International Conference on Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials & Thin Films for Energy Applications 27-29 July 2016 Abstract submission deadline - 22 April 2016 The abstract submission deadline for...

From SuperSolar Hub

Wed 27 Jul 2016

Accelerating the commercial application of compound semiconductors Webinar

10:00 until 12:00

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in innovative projects that help to accelerate the use of compound semiconductors in areas such as power electronics, RF/microwave, photonics and sensors. ...

From Defence and Security

Wed 27 Jul 2016

Department for T-TRIG Competition

Jul 27 / 11:00 until Jul 28 / 12:00

The Department for Transport’s (DfT) Transport Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) offers 100% funding for projects in three separate calls: An open call for new transport ideas A...

From Transport

Wed 27 Jul 2016

Robotics & Autonomous Systems Applications Competition Briefing Webinar

14:00 until 16:30

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £5 million in innovation projects to stimulate new partnerships across robotics and autonomous...

From Robotics and Autonomous Systems