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


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

Quantum Technologies

This Community is a place for everyone that is interested in exploring the commercial opportunities for Qunatum Technologies in the UK. Anyone, be that from industry, academia or interested individuals is encouraged to join and participate.

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 16 Jul 2015

Developing Regenerative Medicines and Cell Therapies

15:00 until 17:00

The aim of this competition is to address the challenges of developing regenerative medicines and...

From Innovate UK Network

Tue 06 Oct 2015

SAVE THE DATE: SusChem Event October 2015

All Day

SusChem will hold a Brokerage event covering the topics from the 2016 H2020 work programme which...

From SusChem UK

Mon 20 Jul 2015

Global Food Security (GFS) community building event

10:00 until 16:00

The Global Food Security (GFS) programme is hosting a community building event in light of the...

From Biosciences

Wed 09 Sep 2015

Venturefest Scotland 2015

08:30 until 18:30

Venturefest Scotland is the first business event of its kind in Scotland and part of the...

From Transport

Tue 06 Oct 2015

RenewableUK 2015

Oct 06 / 09:00 until Oct 08 / 17:00

Widely recognised as the renewables event to attend in the UK – this event covers onshore &...

From Energy Efficiency

Upcoming Events

Wed 08 Jul 2015

Agrisciences Young Researchers 2015

All Day

This event is for early career scientists working in biological, chemical, environmental and other relevant sciences and all those interested in learning about progress and meeting new talent in...

From Biosciences

Wed 08 Jul 2015

CDE Innovation Network event with UK Defence Solutions Centre

All Day

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) will be holding a networking event for science and technology providers at The Grand Connaught Rooms, London on 8 July 2015, from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Head of...

From Defence and Security

Wed 08 Jul 2015

Energy Efficiency in Buildings & BIPV Conference

All Day

Energy Efficiency in Buildings and BIPV: Where Sustainability meets Aesthetics The EU PVTP, which has produced plans for technology policy in...

From Solar Energy Systems Special Interest Group

Wed 08 Jul 2015

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

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 08 Jul 2015

Organ-on-a-Chip World Congress & 3D-Printing

All Day

The Organ-on-a-Chip World Congress focuses on an important and expanding field wherein cells are being assembled using microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip technologies in a functionally-relevant...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Wed 08 Jul 2015

Low Energy Know How - Cardiff

08:00 until 09:30

Brought to you by The Zero Carbon Hub, in collaboration with Saint-Gobain and CE Wales. During this event you will be presented with the most recent information on the Zero Carbon journey and...

From Built Environment

Wed 08 Jul 2015

China Healthcare & Life Sciences Roadshow 2015 CARDIFF

09:00 until 17:00

China Healthcare & Life Sciences Roadshow 2015 Working with key partners, the China Healthcare & Life Sciences Roadshow 2015- facilitated by the GREAT Britain Campaign and organised by UK Trade &...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Wed 08 Jul 2015

FREE Lean Start-Up Workshop Day 1 - Middlesbrough

09:00 until 16:00

The Lean Startup methodology is being used by new and existing enterprises around the world. Rather than building a service or product first and hoping that customers will come, Lean Startup helps...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 08 Jul 2015

MediWales & BIVDA Diagnostics Industry Update

09:00 until 17:00

MediWales & BIVDA Diagnostics Industry Update Sony UK Technology Centre 8th July 2015 MediWales & the British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA) are teaming up to deliver a collaborative...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Wed 08 Jul 2015

Satellite Communications course - Oxford University

Jul 08 / 09:00 until Jul 10 / 17:00

This new course gives a complete introductory overview of satellite communications. The target audience is graduates and young professionals with an engineering and/or financial background and...

From Space