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 02 May 2016

2nd International symposium MICROGENOMICS

May 02 / 09:00 until May 03 / 17:00

Molecular analysis at the tissue-speficic and single-cell level The aim of this symposium is to...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Wed 15 Jun 2016

Save the Date - H2020 European Brokerage Event

All Day

“H2020 European Brokerage Event: Materials & Nanotechnology, Process Industries & Manufacturing”...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Thu 03 Mar 2016

Dine with Caroline Hyde, business presenter on Bloomberg TV

All Day

Join us for dinner, drinks & a chance to meet fellow entrepreneurs and people working in tech,...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

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...

From SuperSolar Hub

Mon 22 Feb 2016

Fun & Games: digital learning, training and rehabilitation

15:00 until 19:00

This event will celebrate the increasing popularity of serious games, apps for training, learning...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Upcoming Events

Tue 09 Feb 2016

CDE Competition Launch Event: 'Detect and treat hearing loss and tinnitus'

All Day

'Detect and treat hearing loss and tinnitus' themed competition briefing - find out more about this themed competition, with up to £500,000 available for phase 1. Brigadier Tim Hodgetts will talk...

From Defence and Security

Tue 09 Feb 2016

FinovateEurope 2016

All Day

On February 9 & 10, 2016, Finovate returns to London with FinovateEurope, a two-day showcase of the latest and greatest financial and banking technology innovations from leading established...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 09 Feb 2016

Internet of Retail

All Day

The Internet of Things is enabling retailers to: Track customers as they move around your store Automatically update stock records as items are taken off selves Receive real-time feedback on the...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 09 Feb 2016

Challenges and Opportunities for Optimising Protein Glycosylation

09:00 until 17:00

Increasing efforts are underway to produce recombinant proteins that have a homogeneous glycan profile, which will lead to products with improved in vivo characteristics (such as half‐life and...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Tue 09 Feb 2016

Drop-in session

09:00 until 12:00

The Growth Service supports businesses of all sizes, from start-ups looking to get their idea off to a flying start to established companies looking to expand. Eligible clients are able to access...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 09 Feb 2016

Wheat - Genetic improvement of end use quality

Feb 09 / 09:00 until Feb 10 / 17:00

Many exciting opportunities are available for the genetic improvement of nutritional and processing quality in wheat for direct human consumption. This conference will bring together the best from...

From Biosciences

Tue 09 Feb 2016

AHDB Outlook 2016

09:30 until 14:00

The 2016 Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Outlook Conference will be held at One Great George Street in Westminster on Tuesday February 9. Hosted by AHDB’s three livestock...

From Biosciences

Tue 09 Feb 2016

Business East 2016

10:00 until 16:00

Now in the fifth year Business East is one of the most comprehensive business to business shows in Essex and East Anglia offering networking opportunities, seminar theatre, exhibitors, VIP...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 09 Feb 2016


16:00 until 20:00

Join Tech London Advocates, Centre for London and techUK on the 9th February at Here East for an exclusive opportunity to hear Mayoral candidates from the main parties discuss their policies around...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 09 Feb 2016

Materials and Design Exchange Annual Lecture 2016 - Sir Kenneth Grange

18:00 until 21:00

Design for life - Sir Kenneth Grange RDI in conversation with Hugh Aldersey-Williams Hosted by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) From the Kenwood mixer (1960) and 125 HST train (1972) to the...

From Materials