Join networks, make connections; discover what effective knowledge transfer and open innovation can do for your business.
Please note: From August we will be closing our _connect networking groups. This will not affect your funding application(s).

"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

Future Cities

The Future Cities Group is part of the Urban Living group


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


New Events

Mon 05 Dec 2016

UK Workshop on Data Metrology & Standards

10:00 until 16:00

This is a one-day workshop being held at the University of Cambridge, designed to identify UK...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Wed 08 Mar 2017

45th Intelligent Sensing Program – Wearables for Diagnostics

09:30 until 16:00

Introduction Key market needs in the monitoring of healthcare and wellbeing are being addressed...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Thu 12 Jan 2017

Workshop for Offshore Wind Sensors Technology Demonstration Opportunity

10:00 until 16:00

Workshop and competition for innovative sensor technology SMEs to gain demonstration access to...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Wed 07 Dec 2016

JSaRC Challenge Briefing Event

14:00 until 16:30

ADS, as Secretariat to RISC is inviting suppliers to attend a briefing from the Joint Security...

From Forensic Science

Thu 01 Dec 2016

Next Generation of PCB Surface Finish - Webinar

10:30 until 11:45

MACFEST is a collaborative research project involving partners A-Gas Electronic Materials, C-Tech...

From Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

Upcoming Events

Thu 08 Dec 2016

Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing and Materials Brokerage Event

All Day

To support the £5m SBRI funding competition: Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing and Materials, KTN and Innovate UK will be running a brokerage event on 8th December 2016 in Birmingham. This event will...

From Nuclear

Thu 08 Dec 2016

CBMNET Event: Social and Political Challenges for the Bioeconomy

All Day

This event will address the challenges facing the bioeconomy related to rapid scientific, technological and social change. It will bring together UK industrial biotechnology leaders and academics...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Thu 08 Dec 2016

ADBA National Conference 2016

09:00 until 17:00

The ADBA National Conference will review the progress and assess the market for the future of AD in the UK. Now in its eighth year, the Conference regularly includes speakers from the House of...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Thu 08 Dec 2016

Agri-Tech Showcase

09:00 until 17:00

The Agri-tech Innovation Showcase at Rothamsted Research, North Wyke offers a fantastic opportunity to agriculture industry players to come and visit their unique facilities and interact with...

From Biosciences

Thu 08 Dec 2016

Universities as 'anchor institutions' in their local economies

09:00 until 17:00

This seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss how universities can play a leading role in the fast-developing devolution of powers to regions in England. It follows Government’s...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Thu 08 Dec 2016

Universities as 'anchor institutions' in their local economies

09:00 until 17:00

This seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss how universities can play a leading role in the fast-developing devolution of powers to regions in England. It follows Government’s...

From Materials

Thu 08 Dec 2016

Universities as 'anchor institutions' in their local economies

09:00 until 17:00

This seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss how universities can play a leading role in the fast-developing devolution of powers to regions in England. It follows Government’s...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 08 Dec 2016

Adhesive Bonding for Wood & Wooden Structures

10:00 until 15:45

The Society of Adhesion and Adhesives will be hosting a 1-day seminar on 8th December at the Society of Chemical Industry in London on the adhesive bonding of wood and wooden structures. The event...

From Materials

Thu 08 Dec 2016

Analysis for Innovators Roadshow - Coventry

13:30 until 16:30

Come and hear about a new £6.5m competition and very different approach to Innovate UK funding programmes! Analysis for Innovators is a new funding programme that targets competitiveness and...

From ICT

Fri 09 Dec 2016

Analysis for Innovators Roadshow - Oxford

13:30 until 16:30

Come and hear about a new £6.5m competition and very different approach to Innovate UK funding programmes! Analysis for Innovators is a new funding programme that targets competitiveness and...

From ICT