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 07 Oct 2015

Gathering On Functional Annotation of ANimal Genomes (GO-FAANG Workshop)

All Day

The purpose of this meeting is to exchange information and develop plans for organizing the...

From Biosciences

Mon 09 Nov 2015

Gene2Farm Winter School 2015: Genomic data analysis... and beyond

All Day

The Gene2Farm project ( is developing adaptable and reliable approaches...

From Biosciences

Thu 09 Jul 2015

Precision Agriculture - GREAT Week Agri-Tech

09:00 until 17:00

UK Trade & Investment invites you to join the Grown in Britain GREAT Week Agri-Tech which takes...

From eAgri

Mon 06 Jul 2015

Grown in Britain GREAT Week Agri-Tech

All Day

UK Trade & Investment invites you to join the Grown in Britain GREAT Week Agri-Tech which takes...

From Biosciences

Mon 22 Jun 2015

Cattle Fertility Conference

09:30 until 17:00

The overall objective of the conference is to review the latest developments in Cattle Fertility...

From Biosciences

Upcoming Events

Mon 25 May 2015

Security of Symmetric Ciphers in Network Protocols

All Day

As part of a collaborative venture between the Indian Statistical Institute, India, and Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom, this workshop will focus on mathematics and its...

From Industrial Mathematics

Mon 25 May 2015

XVth IWRA World Water Congress

All Day

Join us at the XVth IWRA World Water Congress to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2015 where KTN will be exhibiting. The XVth World Water Congress will provide a platform for open discussions...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Mon 25 May 2015

Graphene Industry Workshops 2015

08:00 until 15:30

Introduction to Graphene and other 2D Materials for SME manufacturers interested in developing graphene applications. Manchester is an international centre of excellence for graphene. These...

From Design

Tue 26 May 2015

4th Interplanetary Cubesat Workshop

All Day

iCubeSat 2015, the 4th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop, will address the technical challenges, opportunities, and practicalities of interplanetary space exploration with CubeSats. The workshop...

From Space

Tue 26 May 2015

The 5th Global Space and Satellite Forum

All Day

Officially endorsed by the UAE Space Agency and hosted by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, the 5th Global Space and Satellite Forum (GSSF 2015) will bring together key regional and...

From Space

Tue 26 May 2015

The Circular Economy & Reuse in organisations - London

All Day

This event explores the financial, social and environmental benefits that are created by the reuse and repair of assets within organisations. This free event will show you how to set up or...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Tue 26 May 2015

ORE Catapult Workshop on Offshore Wind Blade Erosion

10:00 until 16:00

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, in collaboration with Scottish Enterprise, is running an industry event in Glasgow on the Tue 26th May 2015 on the innovation challenges related to...

From Energy Generation and Supply

Tue 26 May 2015

Creative Business Surgery at LCB Depot 26 May 2015

10:30 until 16:00

Thank you for your interest in Creative Leicestershire and our business advice programme. Please book an advice session with me, Fred Brookes, CL's business adviser, if you would like to discuss...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 26 May 2015

Growing Your Small Business

17:00 until 19:00

We are delighted to offer you an exciting opportunity to explore what management development support and funding is available to help your business to grow. Join our the panel of experts on the...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 27 May 2015

GEO Business 2015

All Day

GEO Business is for everyone involved in the gathering, storing, processing and delivering of geospatial information. It is the unmissable geospatial event of the year! Combining a central trade...

From Space