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


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.


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


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


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

Wed 24 Feb 2016

Drop-in session Oldham

10:00 until 13:00

The Growth Startup programme enables you to get your new business or idea off to a flying start...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 24 Feb 2016

Business Growth Breakfast Series: Helping Your Business Grow

07:30 until 09:30

Taking place in the hi-tech surroundings of the Arndale Centre’s Apple Store, this event will...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 18 Feb 2016

Addressing Scale-Up, Mixing and other Challenges

09:00 until 15:30

Addressing Scale-Up, Mixing and other Challenges in the Pharma, Food, Biotech & Chemical Process...

From Simulation Best Practices

Tue 24 May 2016

Bio-Based Products World and Bio-Based Chemicals World

May 24 / 09:00 until May 25 / 17:00

Two congresses in one definitive show, bringing together the bio-based industry and connecting...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Mon 22 Feb 2016

H2020 Secure Societies - meet the user workshop

10:00 until 16:00

The 2016 Work Programme of the EU’s Horizon 2020 Secure Societies Programme includes many...

From Space

Upcoming Events

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

Tue 09 Feb 2016

Drop-in session

09:00 until 12:00

The Growth Service supports businesses of all sizes, from start-ups looking to get their idea off to a flying start to established companies looking to expand. Eligible clients are able to access...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 09 Feb 2016

Wheat - Genetic improvement of end use quality

Feb 09 / 09:00 until Feb 10 / 17:00

Many exciting opportunities are available for the genetic improvement of nutritional and processing quality in wheat for direct human consumption. This conference will bring together the best from...

From Biosciences

Tue 09 Feb 2016

AHDB Outlook 2016

09:30 until 14:00

The 2016 Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Outlook Conference will be held at One Great George Street in Westminster on Tuesday February 9. Hosted by AHDB’s three livestock...

From Biosciences

Tue 09 Feb 2016


16:00 until 20:00

Join Tech London Advocates, Centre for London and techUK on the 9th February at Here East for an exclusive opportunity to hear Mayoral candidates from the main parties discuss their policies around...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 09 Feb 2016

Materials and Design Exchange Annual Lecture 2016 - Sir Kenneth Grange

18:00 until 21:00

Design for life - Sir Kenneth Grange RDI in conversation with Hugh Aldersey-Williams Hosted by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) From the Kenwood mixer (1960) and 125 HST train (1972) to the...

From Materials

Tue 09 Feb 2016

InterMediaUK - February Social

18:30 until 22:30

After the amazing success of our January social – thanks to everyone who came along – we’re pleased to announce our February event, giving you all another opportunity to catch up with colleagues...

From Creative, Digital & Design.