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 20 Oct 2015

Satellites: Making Smart Roads a Reality

10:00 until 16:30

The Satellite Applications Catapult, in partnership with ITS UK, will be running a workshop...

From Transport

Tue 20 Oct 2015

Lighting Design, Manufacturing and Future Technologies

10:00 until 16:00

This event is a joint event with the KTN and TechUK bringing together the photonics community and...

From Photonics Group

Tue 20 Oct 2015

Lighting Design, Manufacturing and Future Technologies

10:00 until 16:00

This event is a joint event with the KTN and TechUK bringing together the photonics community and...

From Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

Thu 29 Oct 2015

Biosample Exchanges: past, current and future – how do we make it work?

15:00 until 16:00

Access to biosamples remains one of the main bottlenecks in pharma R&D. Researchers need access...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Tue 27 Oct 2015

H2020 funding briefing event - photonics related calls

09:30 until 16:30

Briefing event about upcoming Photonics H2020 calls for 2016. The following calls will be...

From Printed Electronics

Upcoming Events

Fri 09 Oct 2015

European IAI Conference

All Day

The first conference of the European Division of the IAI will take place in October at College Court Leicester. This three day event will be an opportunity to find out more about the new Division...

From Forensic Science

Fri 09 Oct 2015

Malvern Festival of Innovation - Cyber Security and Big data

All Day

Malvern Festival of Innovation - 9th Oct Cyber Security and Big data Business and personal IT generates huge amounts of valuable and vulnerable data that criminals are fighting to get their hands...

From Defence and Security

Fri 09 Oct 2015

Materials for Demanding Environments Competition - Manchester Briefing

09:30 until 14:30

Innovate UK £2M Materials for Demanding Environments Feasibility Study Competition – Manchester Briefing Materials innovation is usually a component of any product innovation. A key challenge for...

From Materials

Fri 09 Oct 2015

Software Verification & Validation for Complex Systems-Information Briefing

12:00 until 17:00

"Software Verification & Validation for Complex Systems" is a £580,000 funded competition from Innovate UK. The competition is for investment in technical feasibility studies to stimulate...

From ICT

Sat 10 Oct 2015

Working International Jobs Event - London

10:00 until 15:00

Searching for a new job? We are coming to London this October, seeking people to fill a multitude of international job vacancies! Want an opportunity to live and work in Australia, New Zealand and...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sun 11 Oct 2015

ISCBC 2015 : International Stem Cell Biology Conference

All Day

The ISCBC 2015: International Stem Cell Biology Conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Mon 12 Oct 2015

9th European Waste Water Management Conference & Exhibition

All Day

The European Waste Water Management Conference is one of the few events in the UK that deals specifically with the problems and solutions for the management and treatment of wastewater. The...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Mon 12 Oct 2015

ETP Nanomedicine Annual Event 2015

All Day

The European Technology Platform for Nanomedicine, with the support of the ENATRANS Coordination and Support Action, organises its 2015 Annual Event & General Assembly in Dublin, Ireland. The event...

From Materials

Mon 12 Oct 2015

Local Transport Air Quality Challenge Innovation Grant

All Day

Details of this comeptition wil lbe avaialble on this page - including documentation. For competition anouncment see: Department for Transport’s new ‘Local Transport Air Quality Challenge...

From Transport

Mon 12 Oct 2015

Biomarine Business Convention

Oct 12 / 09:00 until Oct 14 / 17:00

BioMarine© is the only international investment platform dedicated marine bio resources. It brings together 300 Executives and CEOs from marine ingredients, marine cosmetics, marine nutraceuticals,...

From Industrial Biotechnology