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


Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors


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


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


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

Thu 22 Sep 2016

Organic Semiconductors Conference

All Day

We are pleased to announce the First Zing Conference on Organic Semiconductors. A key element...

From SuperSolar Hub

Sun 18 Sep 2016

Commercialise your research & turn glycoscience into glyco-biotech startup

Sep 18 / 09:00 until Sep 20 / 17:00

More details will soon be availbel on the IBCarb website.

From Industrial Biotechnology

Thu 01 Sep 2016

FoodWasteNet: Catalysis and Waste Valorisation

09:00 until 17:00

This meeting will bring together experts in the areas of materials design for catalytic...

From Industrial Biotechnology

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...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Fri 30 Sep 2016

First announcement and call for papers: Advances in Photovoltaics

All Day

First announcement and call for papers Advances in Photovoltaics Organised by IOP Ion and...

From SuperSolar Hub

Upcoming Events

Wed 01 Jun 2016

13th International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association

All Day

Wesseling near Cologne, Germany The industrial hemp business is growing every year. The strong fibres are used for insulation materials and biocomposites, mainly in automotive interiors. Hemp food...

From Materials

Wed 01 Jun 2016

European Graphene Forum 2016

All Day

The European Graphene Forum, now in its 2nd year, will take place together with NanoTech France. The conference is focused on graphene technologies, and other 2D materials beyond graphene. ...

From Graphene Special Interest Group

Wed 01 Jun 2016

ILA Business Days 2016 - Berlin

All Day

Building upon the big success of its first edition in 2014, ILA Business Days will be continued at ILA Berlin Air Show 2016. With more than 270 participants from 32 countries, the Business Days...

From Transport

Wed 01 Jun 2016

RSC Symposium 2016: Survival in the Speciality Chemicals Industry

All Day

Sustainability and Process Intensification This two day no-fee symposium organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry will be held in conjunction with the 2016 Chemspec Europe and Chemsource...

From Chemistry

Wed 01 Jun 2016

Security Research & Innovation Event 2016

Jun 01 / 08:30 until Jun 02 / 17:00

SRIE2016 is the event where industry, governments and knowledge institutions come together to discuss the latest security challenges for Europe. Main topics are: terrorism, border management,...

From Defence and Security

Wed 01 Jun 2016

13th International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association

Jun 01 / 09:00 until Jun 02 / 17:00

The industrial hemp business is growing every year. The strong fibres are used for insulation materials and biocomposites, mainly in automotive interiors. Hemp food products are increasing in...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Wed 01 Jun 2016

Profit vs Social Good – Venturefest Feeder Event

10:00 until 13:30

This Social Investment Scotland (SIS) & University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) event will kick off with actors from UHI taking to the stage to pitch and explore the two contrasting...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Wed 01 Jun 2016

Consortia Building Event for Horizon 2020 SC2 Food Security ...

12:00 until 15:30

The Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation in association with Harper Adams University (UK) would like to invite you to a Consortium Building event and Thematic Workshop for...

From Biosciences

Wed 01 Jun 2016

Digital Hustlers Hub Networking Event

18:00 until 22:00

This is a networking event for Digital Businesses and Startups, for people who are interested in using the internet and digital marketing to reach their ideal clients and grow their businesses. On...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 02 Jun 2016

Cooperation Fair - Esher

All Day

The Interreg 2 Seas Programme is organising its Cooperation Fair! This free networking event aims to gather partners from Belgium (Flanders), England, France and the Netherlands to foster the...

From Vessel Efficiency