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


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

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 28 Oct 2015

Big Data in Health Care - Challenges, Innovations and Implementation

Oct 28 / 09:00 until Oct 29 / 17:00

3rd International Systems Biomedicine Symposium Big Data in Health Care – Challenges, Innovations...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 24 Sep 2015

Future Battery Chemistries in Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Webinar

15:00 until 16:00

Automakers will continue using Li-ion batteries in EVs for at least a decade as alternative...

From Energy Efficiency

Wed 02 Mar 2016

Fluid Sealing 2016

All Day

Welcome to the 23rd Conference on Fluid Sealing Sealing systems have become a major success...

From Materials

Tue 08 Sep 2015

Polymer Process Engineering 2015

All Day

The biennial international PPE conference has TWO special extras this year - it will run in...

From Materials

Upcoming Events

Tue 01 Sep 2015

QUAMP 2015

All Day

QUAMP 2015 is the biennial AMOP meeting: the International Conference on Quantum, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics, being held in Brighton UK from 1-4 September 2015. The meeting will cover...

From Quantum Technologies

Tue 01 Sep 2015

Ruminant Health and Welfare Workshop

All Day

This Sustainable and Efficient Food Supply Advanced Training Partnership (Pasture ATP) workshop is designed both as an entry point to the Ruminant Health and Welfare distance learning module and to...

From Biosciences

Tue 01 Sep 2015

Synthetic Biology UK 2015: Think, develop, measure, make

All Day

Synthetic Biology is a field that has rapidly expanded. It relies on multidisciplinary approaches and delivers transdisciplinary advances that have the potential to redefine our understanding of...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Tue 01 Sep 2015


All Day

TechHub Demo Night isn't about pitching for funds, it's an opportunity to show the community what you're working on, get some feedback, and see what others are toiling away on. Come along and...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 01 Sep 2015

Women In Business Network (WIBN) - The Shoreditch Women in Business Network

All Day

Join us for "conversations & connections" at the new Shoreditch WIBN group. WIBN is a networking group created for women, by women. We offer all business women and business owners the opportunity...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 01 Sep 2015

Drop-in Session - March A 2015

09:00 until 12:00

Manchester Central Library, Business & IP Centre, 2nd Floor, Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5DB The Growth Startup programme enables you to get your new business or idea off to a flying...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 01 Sep 2015

Second Workshop on High Content Screening of Stem Cells: Defining Features

10:00 until 17:00

PRELIMINARY AGENDA: 10.00 - Registration and networking over refreshments. Book your visit to: CSCRM, Nikon Imaging Centre, Cell Therapy Catapult. (all at 11.00 and 11.30) 12.30 - Welcome Note...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Tue 01 Sep 2015

ERC Starting Grants Proposal Writing and Information Events

13:30 until 17:00

In its capacity as UK National Contact Point for the European Research Council, the UK Research Office, in partnership with the hosting institutions, is holding two events for researchers who are...

From Horizon 2020

Tue 01 Sep 2015

Free Business Networking Event at Michelham Priory

17:30 until 19:30

Please join us on Tuesday 1st September 2015 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at our free Business Networking event in The Great Barn at Michelham Priory. After the incredible success of our events in March...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 01 Sep 2015

Let’s talk Aperol, Prosecco and Ice

17:30 until 20:00

Enjoy the last of the summer sunshine over cocktails and conversation. Retail’s biggest innovators will be taking tech talk offline for an evening, to share their tips for connecting with today’s...

From Creative, Digital & Design.