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

Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Helping UK enterprises large & small to innovate and compete globally, based on sustainability & resource efficiency drivers and opportunities.


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


Materials

The Materials Community aims to bring together the materials supply chain to accelerate innovation, improve global competitiveness and sustainability.


Nanotechnology

The KTN Ltd's Nanotechnology Community


Future Cities

The Future Cities Group is part of the Urban Living group


Chemistry

Driving Innovation and Value for the chemistry-using industries


Biosciences

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

Wed 24 Jun 2015

CDE Innovation Network event with launch of a themed competition call

All Day

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research....

From Design

Wed 29 Apr 2015

Building a strategic and sustainable vision for the future

19:00 until 22:00

In the run up to the next General Election, The Research & Development Society is holding an...

From Design

Fri 12 Jun 2015

Business Hackathon: Future Cities and the Circular Economy

All Day

Open to small businesses and individuals from a design, technology, policy or innovation...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 27 Apr 2015

International Minor Metals Conference April 2015

Apr 27 / 16:00 until Apr 29 / 17:30

This is an annual event organised by the Minor Metal Trade Association (MMTA). The publicity for...

From Security of Supply of Mineral Resources

Mon 18 May 2015

Advanced Biomanufacturing Conference

May 18 / 09:00 until May 19 / 17:00

The Advanced Biomanufacturing Centre at the University of Sheffield is delighted to welcome you...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Upcoming Events

Wed 01 Apr 2015

Protecting Data in Industry Briefing - Edinburgh

10:30 until 16:30

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects that tackle the growing risks of disruption to internet-enabled businesses and their digital...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 01 Apr 2015

The KTN’s ICT Spring Webinar Series on Systems Engineering - 2

14:00 until 15:00

A series of webinars over four days on 1 - thinking about systems, complexity and architecting, introduction to the six step process 2 - from purpose to specification and interface definition,...

From Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

Wed 01 Apr 2015

The KTN’s ICT Spring Webinar Series on Systems Engineering - 2

14:00 until 15:00

A series of webinars over four days on 1 - thinking about systems, complexity and architecting, introduction to the six step process 2 - from purpose to specification and interface definition,...

From ICT

Wed 01 Apr 2015

The KTN’s ICT Spring Webinar Series on Systems Engineering - 2

14:00 until 15:00

A series of webinars over four days on 1 - thinking about systems, complexity and architecting, introduction to the six step process 2 - from purpose to specification and interface definition,...

From Systems Engineering

Thu 02 Apr 2015

Digital Business Drop-In

13:00 until 15:00

Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network will be running a Digital Business Drop-in held at the Digital Catapult Centre in London. The session is an informal information sharing afternoon...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 02 Apr 2015

Digital Business Drop-In - April 2015

13:00 until 15:00

Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network will be running a Digital Business Drop-in held at the Digital Catapult Centre in London. The session is an informal information sharing afternoon...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 07 Apr 2015

TECHHUB TUESDAY DEMO NIGHT

18:30 until 20:30

TechHub Demo Night isn't about pitching for funds, it's an opportunity to show the community what you're working on, get some feedback, and see what others are toiling away on. Come along and...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 08 Apr 2015

6th International Congress - BioNanoMed 2015

All Day

The exclusive know-how-transfer meeting for scientists, researchers, engineers and practitioners from natural science, medical science and engineering subjects throughout the world. The congress...

From Materials

Wed 08 Apr 2015

DALE CARNEGIE WORKSHOP

All Day

After our wildly successful workshop with publishers of 'How To Win Friends and Influence People', Dale Carnegie, late last year we thought we would give you a treat and have them back again. This...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 08 Apr 2015

Plant Based Summit

All Day

The leading international event 100% dedicated to plant-based, green and sustainable chemistry! 1.000 top managers, key actors of the development of tomorrow’s chemistry (downstream markets,...

From Chemistry