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

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


Future Cities

The Future Cities Group is part of the Urban Living group


Chemistry

Driving Innovation and Value for the chemistry-using industries


Biosciences

Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors


Robotics and Autonomous Systems

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


Quantum Technologies

This Community is a place for everyone that is interested in exploring the commercial opportunities for Qunatum Technologies in the UK. Anyone, be that from industry, academia or interested individuals is encouraged to join and participate.


Energy Harvesting Special Interest Group

Energy Harvesting is a means of powering electronic devices by scavenging many low-grade ambient, or "wasted" energy sources such as environmental vibrations, human power, thermal gradients, or pressure gradients, and their conversion into useable electrical energy.


New Events

Tue 31 Mar 2015

Protecting Data in Industry Briefing - London

10:30 until 16:30

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in collaborative research and development (R&D)...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 01 Apr 2015

Protecting Data in Industry Briefing - Edinburgh

10:30 until 16:30

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in collaborative research and development (R&D)...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 30 Mar 2015

Protecting Data in Industry Briefing - Cardiff

10:30 until 16:30

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in collaborative research and development (R&D)...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 25 Mar 2015

Protecting Data in Industry Briefing - Belfast

10:30 until 16:30

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in collaborative research and development (R&D)...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 20 Mar 2015

Enhancing User Experience in Retail & Using Personal Data - Edinburgh

10:30 until 14:00

Innovate UK is to invest up to £6m in two competitions of funding, both looking at innovative...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Upcoming Events

Fri 06 Mar 2015

Winning Business - The Future of Smart Cities & Urban Innovation

08:00 until 20:00

The Mayor of London in partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) London and in collaboration with Space Syntax are organising a one-day event which will enable companies to better understand...

From Future Cities

Fri 06 Mar 2015

IET Enterprise Workshop: RF Technology for Aerospace

12:00 until 16:30

The IET RF and Microwave Technology Network is proudly hosting the 4th Technical Enterprise Workshop on RF technology for Aerospace: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities. Radio frequency (RF)...

From Space

Mon 09 Mar 2015

World Water-Tech Investment Summit 2015 - 20% discount for KTN members

All Day

Join global water businesses, VC investors and technology innovators to accelerate the adoption of resource-efficient water technologies through knowledge-sharing, networking and new partnerships. ...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Mon 09 Mar 2015

4th World Water-Tech Investment Summit

All Day

Knowledge Transfer Network is delighted to support the 4th World Water-Tech Investment Summit, taking place in London on March 9-11, in partnership with British Water. The summit will gather...

From Materials

Mon 09 Mar 2015

Circular Economy: Business Models Webinar

All Day

Innovate UK is to invest up to £800k in feasibility studies into the business case for retaining value in durable goods through reuse, remanufacture or leasing/maintenance. We are seeking projects...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Mon 09 Mar 2015

Creating smart products from smart materials - Rotherham

All Day

The Knowledge Transfer Network is supporting Innovate UK’s smart materials competition by running a series of consortia building events on and around the time that the call opens. The events will...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Mon 09 Mar 2015

Energy Storage Europe 2015

All Day

Do you want to increase turnover, build up networks, discover new business segments and gain competitive advantage through knowledge? Then visit the 4th Energy Storage Europe in Düsseldorf – the...

From SuperSolar Hub

Mon 09 Mar 2015

Energy Storage Europe 2015

All Day

Do you want to increase turnover, build up networks, discover new business segments and gain competitive advantage through knowledge? Then visit the 4th Energy Storage Europe in Düsseldorf – the...

From SuperSolar Hub

Mon 09 Mar 2015

Energy Storage Europe 2015

All Day

Do you want to increase turnover, build up networks, discover new business segments and gain competitive advantage through knowledge? Then visit the 4th Energy Storage Europe in Düsseldorf – the...

From Solar Energy Systems Special Interest Group

Mon 09 Mar 2015

Graphene Connect – Materials and Production

All Day

We welcome you to the industrial workshop on materials and production, part of the workshop series Graphene Connect, in Bilbao, Spain. The ultimate outcome of the workshop is plans for actions for...

From Graphene Special Interest Group