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 16 Dec 2015

Intelligent Sensing Programme 43: Sensing in Composites

09:00 until 17:00

Title: Intelligent Sensing Programme 43: Sensing in Composites. Date: 16th December 2015 ...

From Space

Sat 05 Dec 2015

Global University Climate Forum

All Day

A global climate action workshop for university students IARU is pleased to announce the 2015...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Tue 24 Nov 2015

Microalgae to Aviation Biofuels

09:00 until 17:00

The Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) is organising a free one-day workshop on Algae...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Wed 09 Sep 2015

Networking Event - Southampton - Doing business with others...

All Day

Hello! This September, we are kicking off a new networking event - we will be meeting on every...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 07 Oct 2015

Retail FM October 2015

All Day

Join Retail FM and its members for its end of year networking event. We will be running workshop...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Upcoming Events

Wed 02 Sep 2015

72nd Venice International Film Festival

All Day

The 72nd Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, will run on Venice Lido directed by Alberto Barbera. The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 02 Sep 2015

Ento '15 - Insect Ecosystem Services

All Day

The Royal Entomological Society Annual National Science Meeting & International Symposium will take place on 2-4 September 2015 at Trinity College, Dublin. Pollination, Pest control, Decomposition...

From Biosciences

Wed 02 Sep 2015

International Cold Forming Conference

All Day

Visit the HVM Catapult stand at this prestigious international conference aimed at industry experts and stakeholders in the progress in cold forming.

From High Value Manufacturing

Wed 02 Sep 2015

The Business of Fashion Masterclasses - Sept 2015

All Day

The Portobello Business Centre in conjunction with David Jones Fashion Management Services are delighted to present this acclaimed series of MASTERCLASSES geared to advising on how to manage a...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 02 Sep 2015


All Day

Switzerland is the most innovative country in the world! Therefore it is the perfect location to discuss the future of the Internet of Things, wearables and Cloud Computing. Once again the...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 02 Sep 2015

WT | Wearable Technologies Picnic 2015

All Day

WT | Wearable Technologies presents the 2nd annual WT | Picnic! Here is the link to last year’s event in case you missed it! On September 2, 2015 WT | supporters and enthusiast are once again...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 02 Sep 2015

Business Owners Briefing on HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety

08:30 until 10:30

Join us at this event for local business leaders where we will provide you with food for thought as well as a bite to eat! During this free workshop, our experts will help you to simplify the...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 02 Sep 2015

Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium

Sep 02 / 09:00 until Sep 04 / 17:00

Cambridge Opthalmological Symposium Fisher Building, St John's College, Cambridge, UK, 2nd (Conference Dinner 7pm) - 4th September 2015 Topic: Light The Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium is...

From Photonics Group

Wed 02 Sep 2015

Drop-in session Oldham

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.

Wed 02 Sep 2015

Agri-Tech Catalyst Networking Event

09:30 until 16:30

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) are organising a free consortia-building workshop to promote Round 5 of the £70m Agri-Tech Catalyst funding scheme, designed to help businesses and researchers...

From Biosciences