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

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

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

New Events

Mon 22 Feb 2016

Hands on with Android Wearables

12:00 until 13:00

Wearables, what are they exactly? Come to our interactive class and find out. We're going to take...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 17 Feb 2016

Digital disruption - implications on HR

18:00 until 21:00

Organisations today face disruptive challenges to their strategy, business models, and culture...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 16 Feb 2016

Startup Sessions #3 - Hiring & Firing: HR 101

17:30 until 19:00

The Startup Sessions are a special series of seminars and talks with key people from the Digital...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 16 Feb 2016

TechPitch 4.5: Pitch Workshop - 16 February 2016

09:30 until 17:30

2Pears pitching workshops: Every start-up has a story to tell… An essential part of establishing...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 15 Feb 2016

CBSN Power Talks and Networking

All Day

Whether youre starting your own business, searching for the perfect co-founder, or looking for...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Upcoming Events

Fri 12 Feb 2016

OBLG - Making Employment Accessible

08:00 until 10:30

This event is an interactive session with employers, supported employment agencies and partners to share good practice and explore how we can work together to identify and address the barriers to...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 12 Feb 2016

Industry Innovation Partnerships Workshop

08:30 until 11:30

Some of the most complex business challenges are solved through university-industry collaboration projects. Aimed at SMEs looking to develop and innovate their business, the Industry Innovation...

From Innovate UK Network

Fri 12 Feb 2016

Lithium Sulfur Batteries: Mechanisms, Modelling and Materials

08:30 until 17:30

Lithium Sulfur Batteries: Mechanisms, Modelling and Materials Friday 12th February 2016, Faraday Lecture Theatre, Royal Institution, London The LiSM3 conference aims to bring together leading...

From SuperSolar Hub

Fri 12 Feb 2016

Eveolution: Kickstart your Campaign Crowdfunding Masterclass

09:30 until 12:30

Crowdfunding is becoming a popular funding option for many small or growing enterprises - in particular those looking to bring an innovative product to market, or hoping to boost traction behind a...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 12 Feb 2016

FREE One-to-one Business Consultation For Your Creative Project

10:15 until 16:15

Stuck with how to launch the creative arts or social impact project you've been slogging away over? Need advice on how exactly to find and reach your ideal audience? Or maybe you just need an...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 12 Feb 2016

Webinar: Intelligent Transport Systems

14:00 until 15:00

Use of the oneM2M standard in the oneTRANSPORT field trial Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are an important subset of IoT applications. They are made possible by sharing multimodal transport...

From Intelligent Mobility

Fri 12 Feb 2016

InvestorConnected Re-Launch Party

18:30 until 22:00

We would like to invite you to celebrate the re-launch of InvestorConnected on 12th of February at GoogleCampus. InvestorConnected is a community where entrepreneurs and investors combine their...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sat 13 Feb 2016

Get started with the Internet of Things

10:00 until 17:00

The Internet of Things (IoT) is profoundly changing the way we live. Would you like to be part of this revolution and learn how to remotely monitor and control your environment? This workshop is...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sat 13 Feb 2016

StartUp Saturday: One-day business class in London

10:00 until 15:00

Join small business expert, author and founder of Enterprise Nation Emma Jones MBE - and other aspiring entrepreneurs to learn how to turn your idea into a business in just one day Even if you've...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sat 13 Feb 2016

Straight Forward Self Development Workshop by Matt Kendall

12:00 until 16:00

In this workshop we will be looking at dealing with stress & anxiety, developing confidence and working on self esteem issues. It is suitable for those who work with clients, and people who just...

From Creative, Digital & Design.