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

Tue 23 Feb 2016

Sensors in Agriculture

09:30 until 17:00

Agricultural science is a fast growing market, but faces significant global challenges in the...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Wed 30 Nov 2016

Twenty-first Unlocking Innovation Workshop

All Day

PROVISIONAL DATE ONLY - Please check back nearer the time. UIS #21 Registrations will open in...

From Unlocking Innovation in Rail

Thu 10 Dec 2015

Introduction to Data Visualisation for SMEs

10:00 until 13:00

Data can help cities to address growing economic, social and environmental pressures. But it can...

From Built Environment

Wed 05 Oct 2016

Twentieth Unlocking Innovation Workshop

All Day

PROVISIONAL DATE ONLY - Please check back nearer the time. UIS #20 Registration will open in July...

From Unlocking Innovation in Rail

Wed 15 Jun 2016

Nineteenth Unlocking Innovation Workshop

All Day

PROVISIONAL DATE ONLY - please check back nearer the time. UIS #19 Registration will open in...

From Unlocking Innovation in Rail

Upcoming Events

Tue 01 Dec 2015

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) Africa

All Day

GFIA Africa will assemble the world's largest collection of sustainable agriculture innovations dedicated to improving agricultural productivity in Africa. They are looking for speakers from all...

From Biosciences

Tue 01 Dec 2015

Predictive Multiscale Materials Modelling - Turing Gateway Event

All Day

Background The multiscale/multiphysics nature of materials gives rise to extremely challenging and unique mathematical and algorithmic problems currently prohibiting uncertainty quantification and...

From Materials

Tue 01 Dec 2015

Reality Tech Tuesdays at INITION’s Demo Studio

All Day

Welcome to INITION'S Reality Tech Tuesdays where on the first Tuesday of (nearly) every month we’ll be opening the doors of the Inition Demo Studio for an hour at 3pm to offer intrigued minds the...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 01 Dec 2015

Sensors in Food and Agriculture

All Day

The Conference will explore current applications and future opportunities for sensor technology in Food and Agriculture. The conference will feature: Keynote, invited and contributed papers...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Tue 01 Dec 2015

UAS Conference 2015

All Day

UAS 2015 – now in its fourth edition – will explore the use of autonomous systems within the military domain. UAS 2014 focused on transferring knowledge of the applications of unmanned air systems...

From Defence and Security

Tue 01 Dec 2015

How to Protect New Technology, Software, Designs and Innovations

07:45 until 10:00

Glyndwr Enterprise Network Events draw audiences from Manchester, Liverpool, Deeside, North Wales and the A55 corridor. These free Breakfast Masterclasses will take place on a bi-monthly basis, to...

From Chemistry

Tue 01 Dec 2015

Algae Europe

Dec 01 / 09:00 until Dec 03 / 17:00

The Algae Europe Conference (1-3 Dec, lisbon) will feature the following sessions: Session 1: The industrial and research scenario worlwide Session 2: The Science behind the innovation potential in...

From Algal Bioenergy

Tue 01 Dec 2015

Drop-in session

09:00 until 12:00

The Growth Startup programme enables you to get your new business or idea off to a flying start with a whole host of support available to those who are eligible. We have an initial 2-day workshop...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 01 Dec 2015

Export Seminar: A Focus on the UAE

09:00 until 17:00

Export Seminar: A Focus on the UAE 1st December 2015 – London This event will provide up-to-date information and guidance on entering and expanding operations in the UAE, as well as providing an...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Tue 01 Dec 2015

Open Call – Crossrail Pitstop

Dec 01 / 09:00 until Dec 02 / 17:00

The Digital Catapult wants to hear from any small or medium sized businesses working with innovative sensors or data analytics solutions applicable to large construction projects. Background...

From Accelerating Innovation in Rail