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 26 Jan 2016

Emerging Imaging Showcase

10:00 until 17:00

To celebrate the successful conclusion of the projects funded by Innovate UK under the Emerging...

From Photonics Group

Sat 23 Jul 2016

EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2016

Jul 23 / 09:00 until Jul 27 / 17:00

The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is a biennial, pan-European, general science conference...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Fri 04 Dec 2015

RAEng Leaders in Innovation Fellowships networking reception

09:00 until 17:00

The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Leaders in Innovation Fellowships programme, part of the UK...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Wed 02 Dec 2015

Webinar: Unleashing the power of multi-omics datasets for R&D

15:00 until 16:00

Eagle Genomics are hosting a 45-minute webinar that explores the intricacies of three real-life...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Mon 07 Dec 2015

C-SIGMA VI Maritime Security Event

All Day

“The C-SIGMA Centre was founded to provide a global focal point for the use of unclassified space...

From Space

Upcoming Events

Thu 26 Nov 2015

2015 National Farm Management Conference - Managing Volatility

All Day

This year's Farm Management Conference will aim toprovide an insight into all areas that affect farming including: Education Environment Finance Research Dairying Retail Convenience Foods Arable...

From Biosciences

Thu 26 Nov 2015

4th IMA Conference on Mathematics in Defence

All Day

Science and technology play an increasingly important role in equipping and supporting the armed forces. Mathematics is fundamental to these disciplines, providing a framework for understanding and...

From Defence and Security

Thu 26 Nov 2015

Generate Novel Functional Materials Using Synthetic Biology for Defence

All Day

“Synthetic Biology Approaches To Generate Novel Functional Materials To Address Defence Challenges” A Project Development Workshop to bring about collaborative projects. The Defence Science and...

From Materials

Thu 26 Nov 2015

Metal-Related Antimicrobials

All Day

Among the candidates for new antimicrobials are metals (see Nature “Bacterial arms race revs up” 402-403, May 2015), chelants, ionophores and agents that interfere with the metal-handling systems...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Thu 26 Nov 2015

Prime Performance Conference - Denmark

All Day

Looking at the power of performance within maritime operations, this conference seeks to share how the industry is working towards the prime capability and higher performance of its ships. Taking...

From Vessel Efficiency

Thu 26 Nov 2015

Collaborate to Innovate Space Conference 2015

08:00 until 16:00

Join over 200 senior industry delegates at the Collaborate to Innovate Space Conference 2015, the largest event of its kind in the North East of England. A must attend trade-show organised by the...

From Space

Thu 26 Nov 2015

From Industry 4.0 to Digitising Manufacturing

08:30 until 17:30

Understanding the business benefits of Industry 4.0 - 26 Nov 2015 Industry 4.0 - we've all heard about it, but what's in it for UK's manufacturers? Industry 4.0 is set to be the biggest change in...

From Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

Thu 26 Nov 2015

BioHorizon Brokerage Event for Horizon 2020 Funding

09:00 until 17:00

BioHorizon will host a Brokerage Event in Brussels on 26th November 2015 dedicated to Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge 2 ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Thu 26 Nov 2015

BioHorizon Brokerage Event for Horizon 2020 Funding

09:00 until 17:00

BioHorizon will host a Brokerage Event in Brussels on 26th November 2015 dedicated to Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge 2 ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Thu 26 Nov 2015

North West Expo

09:00 until 15:00

Thursday 26th November 2015 see's the launch of The North West Expo @ Old Trafford Cricket Ground. In celebration of this launch event we have many features such as Wonder Women Business Panel,...

From Creative, Digital & Design.