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

Wed 10 Feb 2016

CDE Competition Launch Event: 'Synthetic biology for novel materials'

All Day

'Synthetic biology for novel materials' themed competition briefing - find out more about this themed competition, with up to £750,000 available for phase 1. Petra Oyston, a Fellow in Molecular...

From Defence and Security

Wed 10 Feb 2016

Computational and Data Challenges in Environmental Modelling

All Day

Background There are many technology challenges which occur in the environmental and disaster modelling area. For instance, model resolution issues and warning systems taking too long, due to...

From Industrial Mathematics

Wed 10 Feb 2016

Bioeconomy Impact 2016

Feb 10 / 09:00 until Feb 11 / 17:00

“Bioeconomy Impact 2016” is the first in a series of annual events which will challenge bioeconomy researchers to critically think about the value, impact and relevance of their research. A better...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Wed 10 Feb 2016

Data Centre Summit South

09:00 until 17:00

Data Centre Summit South is a one-day conference focussed event taking place at the Barbican Exhibition Centre on the 10th of February 2016. Data Centre Summit will bring all of the industries...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 10 Feb 2016

Research challenges in Autonomous Vehicles and Transport

10:00 until 16:00

This workshop will look at the research challenges of automated vehicles and transport systems and is open to businesses and academics. The technologies that drive the development of autonomous...

From Intelligent Mobility

Wed 10 Feb 2016

The London Advice Conference 2016

10:00 until 16:00

Advice Services are under constant pressure from government, commissioners and funders to adopt a fresh approach to the way advice services are delivered and even well liked, tried and tested...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 10 Feb 2016

CDE Innovation Network: Synthetic biology for novel materials competition

12:30 until 17:00

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) is holding a networking event for science and technology providers in London on 10 February 2016. What: CDE Innovation Network, featuring 'synthetic biology...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Wed 10 Feb 2016

Humanizing Early Drug Discovery and Preclinical Safety Testing

15:00 until 16:00

Axiogenesis is sponsoring a one-hour webinar hosted by CHI entitled "Humanizing Early Drug Discovery and Preclinical Safety Testing with Physiological iPS Cell Models”. It will be delivered by two...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Wed 10 Feb 2016

Current Trends in 3D and Organoid Cell Culture for Cancer Research

17:00 until 18:00

Two-dimensional cell culture has been indispensable in expanding our knowledge base in areas as diverse as developmental biology, cancer research, and drug discovery. However, the inability of...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Wed 10 Feb 2016

European Animal Health Investment Forum

Feb 10 / 17:00 until Feb 11 / 17:30

The European Animal Health Investment Forum is a first time regional event that aims to showcase 12 emerging animal health companies. These companies are actively seeking to engage with the...

From Biosciences