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

Thu 10 Mar 2016

BioPronet Workshop: cell-free protein synthesis systems

09:00 until 17:00

Following on from last year’s successful workshop on cell-free protein synthesis systems, come...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 11 Feb 2016

Tech Start Up Networking with speaker Kavit Haria

19:00 until 22:00

Grosvenor St Giles invites the Silicon Roundabout, like-minded people & inspiring start-ups to...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 18 Feb 2016

Tech Startup Day 2016

09:00 until 18:00

With over 90 startup supporting organizations, a mix of hands-on workshops, real-life...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 11 Apr 2016

Innovate Finance Global Summit 2016

09:00 until 18:00

Building on the phenomenal success of our inaugural event, the Innovate Finance Global Summit...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 29 Feb 2016

EntrepreneursTalk@Cass - Sharing start-up success

18:15 until 19:30

The Sharing Economy is changing the way people buy goods and services. London is a real hub for...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Upcoming Events

Thu 11 Feb 2016

1st UK Robotics Manipulation Workshop

All Day

This workshop is a community building exercise for UK Robot Manipulation researchers and end users. The workshop is free to attend, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. A number of invited...

From Northern Robotics Network

Thu 11 Feb 2016

Advanced Manufacturing Techniques for EO and Space Technology

All Day

The CEOI-ST, in collaboration with the Satellite Applications Catapult, is holding a 1-day Challenge Workshop on “Advanced Manufacturing Techniques for Earth Observation and Space Technology” at...

From Space

Thu 11 Feb 2016

Cleantech Innovate London

All Day

Showcasing the Commercial Low Carbon Stars of the Future From food to flight, Cleantech Innovate 2016 has your low carbon future covered. The Cleantech Innovate programme of low carbon showcases...

From Energy at KTN

Thu 11 Feb 2016

Cleantech Innovate: London

All Day

Imagine a future where carports generate electricity, cars run on whisky, heat comes from mines & the paint you use fights pollution… The Cleantech Innovate programme of low carbon showcases...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Thu 11 Feb 2016

Rail BIM Summit 2016

08:00 until 14:00

After an initial introduction into the world of Building Information Modelling (BIM), the day will focus on how it has been used within the rail industry so far and what companies can do to utilise...

From Accelerating Innovation in Rail

Thu 11 Feb 2016

Adopting MedTech for patient benefit 2016

09:00 until 17:00

The purpose of the day is to provide MedTech sector with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the evidence required by the NHS for the adoption of medical technologies. The event is...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 11 Feb 2016

Designing in Plastics Now and Then

09:30 until 16:00

Designing in Plastics Now and Then: a hands on workshop for designers and industrialists at MoDiP MoDiP, the Museum of Design in Plastics February 11th 2016 – Arts University Bournemouth The KTN is...

From Materials

Thu 11 Feb 2016

North Wales Photonics launchpad briefing

10:30 until 15:30

Innovate UK is to invest up to £500,000 in innovative research and development projects centred on the emerging cluster of photonics, electro-optics, and opto-electronics businesses in North Wales....

From Photonics Group

Thu 11 Feb 2016

Small Business Finance Markets 2015/16 Report Launch

11:15 until 12:30

Launch event for our new publication ‘Small Business Finance Markets 2015/16’ at the British Business Bank offices in Fleetbank House. We will present our analysis, exploring how the demand for...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 11 Feb 2016

Creative & Digital Industries Hub: Social Event

17:00 until 19:00

The Creative & Digital Industries Research and Innovation Hub is holding a Hub Social Event on Thursday 11th February 2016. Facilitated by the Hub Fellow Dr Flavia Loscialpo, the structure of this...

From Creative, Digital & Design.