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

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...

From Space

Sun 06 Dec 2015

World Climate Summit 2015

All Day


From Solar Energy Systems Special Interest Group

Mon 23 Nov 2015


Nov 23 / 09:00 until Nov 25 / 17:00

This conference will bring together representatives of academia and industry working across the...

From Biosciences

Wed 28 Oct 2015

Partnering Webinar for Brazil – UK Newton Fund

12:00 until 14:00

Innovate UK and SENAI (the National Service for Industrial Training) of Brazil have launched the...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Wed 11 Nov 2015

IP Special Interest Group - Protecting Your IP When Crowdfunding

17:30 until 21:00

The IP SIG is a free Special Interest Group event for cleantech companies located anywhere in the...

From Transport

Upcoming Events

Wed 14 Oct 2015

Chemical Decontamination: SBRI Call Briefing Event

All Day

This call for proposals on behalf of the Home Office's Office of Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT) and the Government Decontamination Service (GDS), will open on Monday 21 September, 2015. A...

From Chemistry

Wed 14 Oct 2015

Frieze London

All Day

Frieze London is one of the world's leading contemporary art fairs.

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 14 Oct 2015

How to set up or improve a reuse system in your organisation - Bristol

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 3 hour event will show you how to set up or...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Wed 14 Oct 2015

Photonex, UK’s Premier Photonics Event

All Day

Photonex is the UK’s showcase event dedicated to photonics, applied optical equipment, biophotonics, fibre optics, lasers, vision & LIGHT.

From Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

Wed 14 Oct 2015

PV Taiwan 2015 "PV Manufacturing Supply Chain"

All Day

The PV Taiwan 2015 exposition and conference will be held Oct 14-16, in Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1, Taiwan. This year’s theme is “Competition and Collaboration: Opportunities and...

From Solar Energy Systems Special Interest Group

Wed 14 Oct 2015


All Day

The Natural Materials Association will be holding its first event in Scotland on Wednesday 14 October. The afternoon seminar to be held at The Lighthouse, 11 Michells Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU in the...

From Design

Wed 14 Oct 2015

We Mean Business Expo 2015

07:45 until 09:30

Around 100 businesses from across the region will be exhibiting at the We Mean Business Expo 2015, being held at Fairfield Halls in Croydon on October 14, while there will be the opportunity to...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 14 Oct 2015

Let's Do Business London

08:00 until 10:30

A free breakfast event where school, college and business people can meet, swap contact details, gain practical know how and start planning an inspirational, employer-led careers programme. The...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 14 Oct 2015

A Scottish Ecosystem for Innovation: Dementia Technology and Services

08:30 until 17:30

The Scottish Ecosystem, formed by Digital Health & Care Institute, The Alliance, Joint Improvement Team, eHealth, NHS, NHS24 and SCTT, are delighted to invite you to attend A Scottish Ecosystem for...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Wed 14 Oct 2015

100 Years of Accident Investigation - What's Next?

09:00 until 17:00

To celebrate the centenary of the appointment of the UK’s first professional air safety investigator, the AAIB is planning a one-day conference entitled ‘100 Years of Accident Investigation –...

From Transport