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

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


Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors

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 21 May 2015

Start-ups' pitch in front of Investors

18:00 until 22:00

Spaces are limited and we usually get good turn outs at our events. Doors open at 6pm for...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 19 May 2015

Understand the value of YOUR Intellectual Property and how to protect it

13:00 until 16:00

***Exclusive for LEAD Wales past and present delegates only and colleagues*** Networking lunch...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 02 Jul 2015

Angel Investment Summit 2015

09:00 until 17:00

The 10th annual flagship Angel Investment Summit Now in its 10th successful year, the UK...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 16 Jun 2015

Manchester Digital Creatives - June 2015

17:30 until 20:00

Hi there! Have you followed a link to get here? You probably already know all about it then. Were...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 13 May 2015

Challenges and opportunities for start-ups and SMEs (Stephen Jones, UEA)

17:45 until 19:00

This session will be a broad overview of the different (and emerging) technologies available as...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Upcoming Events

Wed 06 May 2015

All-Energy 2015

All Day

Join Innovate UK at All-Energy Conference 2015, 6th & 7th May Come & join Innovate UK at All-Energy 2015 in Glasgow. The event, which is free to attend, brings together 7,000 industry...

From Solar Energy Systems Special Interest Group

Wed 06 May 2015

BBC World Service

All Day

The Federation Policy Seminars are exclusive events at which a selection of experts and interested parties hold detailed discussions on specific areas of policy affecting the creative industries....

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 06 May 2015

Internet of Things Security Summit

All Day

With more and more deployments of IoT there is a rapidly expanding surface for adversaries to attack. This provides a challenge for technology companies and system architects as typical...

From Defence and Security

Wed 06 May 2015

Optimization & Big Data, UK, May 2015

All Day

Optimization & Big Data, UK, May 2015 Optimization & Big Data (Workshop, Trek & Colloquium) Edinburgh, Scotland, May 6-8, 2015 prichtar/Optimization_and_Big_ Data_2015/...

From Industrial Mathematics

Wed 06 May 2015

All-Energy Conference 2015

May 06 / 08:30 until May 07 / 17:00

You can join the offshore wind, O&M and wave & tidal community for FREE in the renewables hub of Glasgow at All-Energy. All-Energy is a free-to-attend conference and exhibition attracting key...

From Energy Efficiency

Wed 06 May 2015

All Energy 2015

May 06 / 09:00 until May 07 / 17:00

Registration is now open for the largest renewables event in the UK - taking place in the renewables hub of Glasgow for the first time on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 May 2015. With under 90 days to...

From Energy Generation and Supply

Wed 06 May 2015

Business Unusual

09:00 until 15:30

This event is ideal for business leaders who lead on strategy, and for practitioners who seek to make their work relevant to their business, giving the best chance of getting senior buy-in and the...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Wed 06 May 2015

Optimisation and Big Data 2015

May 06 / 09:00 until May 07 / 17:00

The age of "big data" is here: data of unprecedented sizes is becoming ubiquitous, which brings new challenges and new opportunities. With this comes the need to solve optimization problems of...

From Industrial Mathematics

Wed 06 May 2015

Early Stage Funding Workshop

09:30 until 12:30

Join the Digital Accelerator Programme for a workshop on Early Stage Funding specifically aimed at Software and Digital Technology companies. This 3 hour interactive panel session will take you...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 06 May 2015

High Temperature Piezoelectrics

09:30 until 16:00

Materials and Measurement-Industry Workshop Piezoelectric actuators and sensors are widely used for flow control valves, including diesel injectors and pneumatics, sound and ultrasound generation,...

From Materials