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

HealthTech and Medicines

Building a Healthy Nation through Business Innovation


Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors


The Materials Community aims to bring together the materials supply chain to accelerate innovation, improve global competitiveness and sustainability.

Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Supporting the development of a new industrial RAS sector in the UK

Quantum Technologies

Building a £Billion business in Quantum Technology


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


Creating a competitive advantage for the UK by facilitating knowledge exchange on Information and Communications Technologies and accelerating innovation.

Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

To be a beacon for successful wealth creation from knowledge.

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

Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Helping UK enterprises large & small to innovate and compete globally, based on sustainability & resource efficiency drivers and opportunities.

New Events

Wed 02 Nov 2016

Innovate 2016

All Day

Hosted by UKTI and Innovate UK, Innovate 2016 is a two day event showcasing the very best of...

From Transport

Thu 29 Sep 2016

Expert Witness Institute Annual Conference

All Day

This day-long conference celebrates 20 years of the Expert Witness Institute (EWI) and will...

From Forensic Science

Wed 07 Sep 2016


09:30 until 15:30

Following the announcement of the Compound Semiconductors Applications Catapult earlier this...

From Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

Thu 20 Oct 2016

Next steps for UK food waste policy

09:00 until 17:00

Next steps for UK food waste policy: innovation, partnerships and energy recovery This conference...

From Biosciences

Mon 05 Sep 2016

NMR for Industry

10:00 until 16:30

NMR is non-destructive, fast, and highly informative. It is an essential analytical method for...

From Chemistry

Upcoming Events

Thu 28 Jul 2016

Infrastructure Systems - Cardiff event

10:30 until 15:00

Innovate UK, in collaboration with the Welsh Government will be hosting an event in Cardiff to discuss the forthcoming competition ‘Infrastructure Systems’. Background Infrastructure forms the...

From Energy at KTN

Thu 28 Jul 2016

Making Bioenergy work for people and nature

10:30 until 16:00

Bioenergy is renewable energy made available from materials derived from ecological sources, particularly plant material (i.e. biomass) Schemes that deliver genuine reductions in greenhouse gas...

From Energy at KTN

Fri 29 Jul 2016

Coding the Future with the BBC micro:bit

10:00 until 15:30

Are you a teacher and wondering what you can do with the BBC micro:bit in your lessons? Perhaps you're a Year 7 student who has just received a BBC micro:bit via your school and want to know how it...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 01 Aug 2016

Agri-Tech Catalyst Applicant Briefing Webinar

10:30 until 12:30

Innovate UK's are hosting an applicant briefing webinar for Round 6 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst. About Round 6 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst: innovation funding in developing countries The aim of this...

From eAgri

Tue 02 Aug 2016

Infrastructure Systems - Belfast event

09:00 until 14:00

Innovate UK have announced a £15m funding competition under the broad theme of Infrastructure Systems. The competition is one of Innovate UK’s new simplified competitions. Businesses can apply for...

From Energy at KTN

Mon 08 Aug 2016

Limits of Perception: Advances in Bioimaging

All Day

This exciting Topic Meeting will bring together the physiological and imaging communities; encouraging interaction and collaboration; and enhance the impact of imaging science on experimental...

From Photonics Group

Wed 10 Aug 2016

Genomics-Driven Approaches to Bioactive Natural Product Discovery

10:30 until 18:00

This joint event hosted by NPRONET and a BBSRC/Syngenta-funded consortium of researchers from the Universities of Warwick, Cambridge, Manchester and Bristol will focus on the genomics-driven...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Mon 15 Aug 2016

15th SBOL Workshop

All Day

Prior to IWBDA, there will be a one-day SBOL workshop on August 15th, 2016 at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. The workshop is aimed for software developers, and will include demos...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Tue 16 Aug 2016


All Day

8TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON BIO-DESIGN AUTOMATION Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, August 16-18, 2016 Flyer information:...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Wed 17 Aug 2016

Genome Engineering: The CRISPR/Cas Revolution 2016

09:00 until 17:00

The specific goal for this meeting is to foster fruitful and creative interactions between researchers interested in applying these systems to genome engineering and related advances in a wide...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group