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

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

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

Wed 21 Oct 2015

Formulating Next Generation Products: Webinar

12:00 until 13:00

The new £28 million National Formulation Centre (NFC) aims to provide the environment for...

From Chemistry

Fri 20 Nov 2015

Horizon 2020 ICT Topics 2016 - Cloud Computing & Software Technologies

10:00 until 17:00

KTN, in collaboration with the Horizon 2020 National Contact Point in ICT, bring you this event...

From ICT

Fri 02 Oct 2015

CDE Themed Competition: Security for the IoT

Oct 02 / 09:00 until Oct 08 / 17:00

This competition was briefed at the CDE Innovation Network event on 1 October 2015 in London....

From Defence and Security

Thu 15 Oct 2015

Carbon Capture and Storage

All Day

The APGTF, CCSa, Coal Research Forum, Knowledge Transfer Network and UKCCSRC will be hosting a...

From Energy Generation and Supply

Thu 19 Nov 2015

Smart Home Breakthrough: Assuring trust in Smart Home Systems for Consumers

10:00 until 16:00

CONFERENCE SUMMARY Growth in the sale of smart home products and services has arrived, but there...

From Built Environment

Upcoming Events

Tue 06 Oct 2015


All Day

It is time to start preparing for the next set of Horizon2020 calls. To help in your preparation, we cordially invite you to our 2015 SusChem Brokerage Event. Do not miss the opportunity to submit...

From Chemistry

Tue 06 Oct 2015

BCPC Congress 2015

All Day

A Positive Outlook for the Regulation of Pesticides in Europe? Seen as the main crop protection event of the year, The BCPC Congress 2015 returns to Brighton for the third time and is aimed toward...

From Biosciences

Tue 06 Oct 2015


All Day

BIOTECHNICA is a major European trade fair that covers the complete value-adding chain in biotechnology - from basic research to finished product. BIOTECHNICA has been the premier trade fair for...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Tue 06 Oct 2015


All Day

LABVOLUTION – the new laboratory technology show in Northern Europe – aims to attract industry experts and potential customers. The display categories cover a complete spectrum of applications:...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Tue 06 Oct 2015

SusChem Brokerage Event 2015

All Day

It is time to start preparing for the next set of Horizon2020 calls. To help in your preparation, Suschem cordially invites you to the 2015 SusChem Brokerage Event. Following the success of...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Tue 06 Oct 2015

Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference

Oct 06 / 08:30 until Oct 08 / 17:00

The first international ‘Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference’ is being held at the RNLI Lifeboat College. Shock Mitigation is bringing together an international group of experts, armed...

From Vessel Efficiency

Tue 06 Oct 2015

Megaconstellations Industry Information Day

08:30 until 17:30

In recent months a number of new initiatives in the satellite communications sector have been introduced, such as OneWeb and LEOSAT, that would involve large constellations of satellites to be...

From Intelligent Mobility

Tue 06 Oct 2015

ARTech Expo - Augmented Reality Conference

Oct 06 / 09:00 until Oct 07 / 17:30

ARTech Expo, will be hosted as part of The Technology Expo held October 2015 in Central London. The UK's Augmented Reality Conference & Exhibition is your chance to interact and engage directly...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 06 Oct 2015

Making more of Bioeconomy R&D Results

Oct 06 / 09:00 until Oct 07 / 17:00

The ProBIO Project is holding a conference on "Making more of Bioeconomy R&D Results." The conference is divided per topic, so you con choose the day that is most relevant for you, or attend both...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Tue 06 Oct 2015

MedTec Ireland

09:00 until 17:00

The 2015 event will host a number of exhibitors and innovations from global leaders to niche suppliers who are leaders in their own field. Exhibitors offer first grade services in engineering,...

From HealthTech and Medicines