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

Mon 12 Sep 2016

How to build Confidence, Clarity, and Success In Your Business

09:30 until 16:30

When you join The Elite Entrepreneur Mastermind + Networking Intensive for Women Entrepreneurs,...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sat 23 Apr 2016

Leanconf 2016

09:00 until 18:00

Europe's Lean Startup conference for entrepreneurs & innovators Leanconf is a 3-day event for...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 28 Apr 2016

SPEND - The Future of Fintech

08:30 until 09:00


From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 04 Oct 2016

eTravel Europe 2016

08:30 until 18:00

eTravel Europe is the get together for 100+ travel experts, online professionals, startups and...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 11 Feb 2016

Content Marketing Training - Manchester

13:00 until 17:00

Does your corporate blog lack personality? Could your email marketing campaigns pack more...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Upcoming Events

Fri 12 Feb 2016

OBLG - Making Employment Accessible

08:00 until 10:30

This event is an interactive session with employers, supported employment agencies and partners to share good practice and explore how we can work together to identify and address the barriers to...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 12 Feb 2016

Industry Innovation Partnerships Workshop

08:30 until 11:30

Some of the most complex business challenges are solved through university-industry collaboration projects. Aimed at SMEs looking to develop and innovate their business, the Industry Innovation...

From Innovate UK Network

Fri 12 Feb 2016

Lithium Sulfur Batteries: Mechanisms, Modelling and Materials

08:30 until 17:30

Lithium Sulfur Batteries: Mechanisms, Modelling and Materials Friday 12th February 2016, Faraday Lecture Theatre, Royal Institution, London The LiSM3 conference aims to bring together leading...

From SuperSolar Hub

Fri 12 Feb 2016

Eveolution: Kickstart your Campaign Crowdfunding Masterclass

09:30 until 12:30

Crowdfunding is becoming a popular funding option for many small or growing enterprises - in particular those looking to bring an innovative product to market, or hoping to boost traction behind a...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 12 Feb 2016

Webinar: Intelligent Transport Systems

14:00 until 15:00

Use of the oneM2M standard in the oneTRANSPORT field trial Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are an important subset of IoT applications. They are made possible by sharing multimodal transport...

From Intelligent Mobility

Sat 13 Feb 2016

StartUp Saturday: One-day business class in London

10:00 until 15:00

Join small business expert, author and founder of Enterprise Nation Emma Jones MBE - and other aspiring entrepreneurs to learn how to turn your idea into a business in just one day Even if you've...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 15 Feb 2016

Conference on Energy-Intensive Industries

All Day

On the 15th of February 2016 the European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska are hosting the conference on energy-intensive industries (EII), during which...

From SusChem UK

Mon 15 Feb 2016

Conference on Energy-Intensive Industries

All Day

European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska are hosting a conference on energy-intensive industries (EII). The conference will map the key challenges and...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Mon 15 Feb 2016

4th Biotechnology World Congress

Feb 15 / 09:00 until Feb 18 / 17:00

This international conference, co-organized by Eureka Science and the University of Sharjah, under the patronage of the His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin-Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Mon 15 Feb 2016


12:30 until 17:30

ADS, working closely with UKTI in Lisbon, will be hosting a free to attend briefing and networking session with a delegation from Embraer Portugal. Embraer announced its presence in Portugal in...

From Composites