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

Wed 06 May 2015

MSCA Individual Fellowships Event

09:30 until 13:00

In its capacity as UK National Contact Point for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the UK...

From Horizon 2020

Tue 05 May 2015

MSCA Individual Fellowships Event

11:00 until 15:30

In its capacity as UK National Contact Point for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the UK...

From Horizon 2020

Wed 15 Apr 2015

Branding by the Book

08:00 until 10:00

Many people think that a brand is a logo, a symbol that gives a company an identity. But it’s...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Wed 06 May 2015

Business Unusual

09:00 until 15:30

This event is ideal for business leaders who lead on strategy, and for practitioners who seek to...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Tue 07 Jul 2015

2015 Food and Drink IT Summit

All Day

The move towards a smart food business is increasing. More and more data is available throughout...

From Biosciences

Upcoming Events

Tue 31 Mar 2015

Challenge Workshop on Future Science for EO - Needs and Missions

All Day

CEOI-ST will hold its next challenge workshops, which will look at Future Science for EO - Needs and Missions, on the 31st March 2015 at College Court, in Leicester. The workshop will look at...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Tue 31 Mar 2015

Kick-Off Workshop of the Synthetic Biology Standards Consortium

All Day

The Synthetic Biology Standards Consortium (SBSC) aims at collectively building the infrastructure to support a fully integrated global synthetic biology enterprise by working on standards for...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Tue 31 Mar 2015

SIAM Conference on Uncertainty Quantification

All Day

Uncertainty quantification is key for achieving validated predictive computations in a wide range of scientific and engineering applications. The field relies on a broad range of mathematics and...

From Uncertainty Quantification and Management in High Value Manufacturing

Tue 31 Mar 2015

Anaerobic Digestion and the bioeconomy

09:00 until 16:00

A series of one-day workshops throughout the first half of 2015 will help regional businesses gain a better awareness of this emerging sector and understand the associated business benefits The...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Tue 31 Mar 2015

Open Data, Law and Licensing

09:30 until 13:00

Understanding the law and licensing is key to publishing and using data in any form, be it personal, closed or open data. This practical morning seminar will examine how data is protected by the...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 31 Mar 2015

Challenge Workshop on Future Science for EO - Needs and Missions

10:00 until 16:30

CEOI-ST will hold its next challenge workshops, which will look at Future Science for EO - Needs and Missions, on the 31st March 2015 at College Court, in Leicester. The workshop will look at...

From Space

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) projects that tackle the growing risks of disruption to internet-enabled businesses and their digital...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 31 Mar 2015

Protecting Data in Industry Competition Briefing

10:30 until 16:00

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects that tackle the growing risks of disruption to internet-enabled businesses and their digital...

From Innovate UK Network

Tue 31 Mar 2015

Protecting Data in Industry Competition WEBINAR

10:30 until 13:00

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects that tackle the growing risks of disruption to internet-enabled businesses and their digital...

From Innovate UK Network

Tue 31 Mar 2015

Innovation in Retail Speed Networking

16:30 until 20:30

If you are an SME or start-up with an innovative product in the Retail space then this free evening event is for you. The event will offer chosen companies a series of one-to-one sessions with...

From Creative, Digital & Design.