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

HealthTech and Medicines

Building a Healthy Nation through Business Innovation


Biosciences

Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors


Materials

The Materials Community aims to bring together the materials supply chain to accelerate innovation, improve global competitiveness and sustainability.


Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Supporting the development of a new industrial RAS sector in the UK


Quantum Technologies

Building a £Billion business in Quantum Technology


Space

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


ICT

Creating a competitive advantage for the UK by facilitating knowledge exchange on Information and Communications Technologies and accelerating innovation.


Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

To be a beacon for successful wealth creation from knowledge.


Defence and Security

Seeking both to improve the flow of knowledge between the UK’s civil and defence and security communities and to identify new opportunities for technology exploitation


Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Helping UK enterprises large & small to innovate and compete globally, based on sustainability & resource efficiency drivers and opportunities.


New Events

Mon 12 Sep 2016

The Role of BIM in the Nuclear Industry

All Day

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is set to play an increasingly important role in the Nuclear...

From Energy at KTN

Mon 19 Sep 2016

Robotics & Autonomous Systems (RAS) Dissemination Event – Southampton

09:30 until 16:00

Organised in collaboration with the MAS Network, this dissemination event will bring together RAS...

From Intelligent Mobility

Wed 14 Sep 2016

Robotics & Autonomous Systems (RAS) Dissemination Event – Manchester

09:30 until 16:00

Organised in collaboration with the Northern Robotics Network, this dissemination event will...

From Intelligent Mobility

Mon 12 Sep 2016

Robotics & Autonomous Systems Regional (RAS) Dissemination Event – Coventry

09:30 until 16:00

Organised in collaboration with the Midlands Robotics Network, this dissemination event will...

From Intelligent Mobility

Wed 14 Sep 2016

ISOBIO Workshop and ASBP event

10:00 until 16:00

ISOBIO experts are pleased to invite you to the next stakeholders workshop on bio-based...

From Built Environment KTN

Upcoming Events

Mon 01 Aug 2016

Agri-Tech Catalyst Applicant Briefing Webinar

10:30 until 12:30

Innovate UK's are hosting an applicant briefing webinar for Round 6 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst. About Round 6 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst: innovation funding in developing countries The aim of this...

From eAgri

Tue 02 Aug 2016

Infrastructure Systems - Belfast event

09:00 until 14:00

Innovate UK have announced a £15m funding competition under the broad theme of Infrastructure Systems. The competition is one of Innovate UK’s new simplified competitions. Businesses can apply for...

From Energy at KTN

Mon 08 Aug 2016

Limits of Perception: Advances in Bioimaging

All Day

This exciting Topic Meeting will bring together the physiological and imaging communities; encouraging interaction and collaboration; and enhance the impact of imaging science on experimental...

From Photonics Group

Wed 10 Aug 2016

Genomics-Driven Approaches to Bioactive Natural Product Discovery

10:30 until 18:00

This joint event hosted by NPRONET and a BBSRC/Syngenta-funded consortium of researchers from the Universities of Warwick, Cambridge, Manchester and Bristol will focus on the genomics-driven...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Mon 15 Aug 2016

15th SBOL Workshop

All Day

Prior to IWBDA, there will be a one-day SBOL workshop on August 15th, 2016 at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. The workshop is aimed for software developers, and will include demos...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Tue 16 Aug 2016

8TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON BIO-DESIGN AUTOMATION

All Day

8TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON BIO-DESIGN AUTOMATION Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, August 16-18, 2016 http://www.iwbdaconf.org/2016 Flyer information:...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Wed 17 Aug 2016

Genome Engineering: The CRISPR/Cas Revolution 2016

09:00 until 17:00

The specific goal for this meeting is to foster fruitful and creative interactions between researchers interested in applying these systems to genome engineering and related advances in a wide...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Wed 24 Aug 2016

Biomedical Engineering Innovation Workshop

Aug 24 / 09:00 until Aug 25 / 17:00

Fundamentals of CAD and Programming for medical device development. 24 & 25 August 2016 Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Wolfson Centre, 106 Rottenrow, Glasgow G4...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 25 Aug 2016

One to One Start-Up Business Support 25 August 2015

All Day

A free one hour one to one session with an experienced and qualified Business Adviser to help you plan and execute your business idea. Subjects that you might want to consider are : writing a...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 29 Aug 2016

EAAP 2016

Aug 29 / 09:00 until Sep 02 / 17:00

Booking and submissions now open for the 2016 EAAP Conference, 'Sustainable Food Production: Livestock's Key Role'. Hosted in the beautiful city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 29 September to 2...

From Biosciences