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

Thu 14 Jan 2016

Innovation Opportunities from Waste

All Day

KTN with Innovate UK will host a workshop “Innovation Opportunities from Waste” on 14th January...

From Materials

Wed 16 Sep 2015

Networking for Success

All Day

The ability to connect, influence and build strong relationships is also what separates those who...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 16 Dec 2015

Intelligent Sensing Programme 43: Sensing in Composites

10:00 until 17:00

Composite materials are increasingly being used in many industries including aerospace, off-shore...

From Intelligent Mobility

Mon 11 Jan 2016

Surface Engineering and Coating Technologies for High Value Products

09:30 until 14:00


From Materials

Wed 20 Jan 2016

Surface Engineering and Coating Technologies for High Value Products

09:30 until 14:00


From Materials

Upcoming Events

Wed 25 Nov 2015


All Day

A brokerage event to facilitate discussions between researchers, end users and manufacturers to help bring new water sensor technology to market. More details to follow. Chaired by: Richard Luxton,...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Wed 25 Nov 2015

The Manufacturer Live Events - the biggest events in UK Manufacturing

All Day

On 25-26th November, The Manufacturer presents its UK manufacturing flagship events. THE MANUFACTURER'S ANNUAL LEADERS CONFERENCE (TMALC) 25–26 November 2015 The ICC, Birmingham Bringing together...

From Materials

Wed 25 Nov 2015

Water Industry Supplier Conference

All Day

The Water Industry Supplier Conference is an event that brings together senior directors from UK water sector consultancies, contractors and subcontractors, equipment manufacturers and service...

From Sustainable water management

Wed 25 Nov 2015

Exploring innovative ways to accelerate growth for your business

08:00 until 11:00

As business owners you know only too well that leading, managing and creating the right environment to enable innovation can be the one of the most challenging aspects of running a successful...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 25 Nov 2015

Chemicals Northwest Breakfast in Association with Catalyst Discovery Centre

08:30 until 10:00

Held at the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes, the Chemicals Northwest Breakfast will feature: Mark Pemberton from Global MSDS will describe its new Low-cost, web-browser based software...

From Chemistry

Wed 25 Nov 2015

Annual bioProcessUK Conference 2015

Nov 25 / 09:00 until Nov 26 / 17:00

Registration is now open for this year’s Annual bioProcessUK Conference, which will centre on the theme ‘Manufacturing tomorrow's medicines today’ - early bird rates are available until 31 July....

From HealthTech and Medicines

Wed 25 Nov 2015

Autumn Disruption

09:00 until 17:00

Come and join us at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab for our second major event! We are organising an activity-packed day with thought-provoking talks and workshops all centred around interest...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 25 Nov 2015

Creative Entrepreneur 2015 – Next Generation

09:00 until 17:00

2015 has been an incredible year so far for Salford Business School as THE Business School of the year. We have been working hard to help students and organisations of all sizes from all over the...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 25 Nov 2015

European Robotics Week 2015 - Robots: From Imagination to Market

09:00 until 17:00

The European Robotics Week, organised by euRobotics AISBL, brings together hundreds of robotics events across Europe. Over the past five years, the event has attracted over 200,000 robot...

From West of England Robotics Network