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

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

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

Fri 18 Dec 2015

Technology Inspired Innovation - Feasibility Studies Competition

09:00 until 17:00

Technology Inspired Innovation - Feasibility Studies Competition 2016 Briefing Events Manchester...

From Materials

Wed 02 Dec 2015

UCS Media Networking Evening 2015

18:30 until 20:30

The evening will be an opportuntiy to meet fellow media professionals in the UCS community, enjoy...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 04 Dec 2015

Startup Jobs and Networking @UCL #HiredGrad

18:00 until 20:00

HiredGrad in partnership with UCLU Investment Society is organising a recruiting/networking event...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 02 Dec 2015

Virgin StartUp MeetUp - December

18:30 until 21:00

Sir Richard Branson has said, “Good brands reflect the histories of the time and the group of...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 14 Jul 2016

Robots in Farming: Good or Bad

All Day

Join the discussion on 14 July 2016 at Harper Adams University (UK) in the workshop on Social...

From Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Upcoming Events

Mon 30 Nov 2015

Application of biosynthetic enzymes & cascades for IB

All Day

Co-hosted by NPRONET and BIOCATNET BBSRC NIBB, this free two-day, cross-sector event will bring together academic and industrial partners to identify and address key challenges in the areas of...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Mon 30 Nov 2015

Evaluation of Forensic Science Evidence

All Day

This Chartered Society of Forensic Science event is aimed at those involved in collision/accident investigation and is worth 8 Society CPD points.

From Forensic Science

Mon 30 Nov 2015

Uncertainty Management & Quantification in Industrial Design and Analysis

All Day

Aim Uncertainty quantification is a new paradigm in industrial analysis and design as it aims at taking into account the presence of numerous uncertainties affecting the behavior of physical...

From Uncertainty Quantification and Management in High Value Manufacturing

Mon 30 Nov 2015

Climate Services Sandpit

Nov 30 / 09:00 until Dec 01 / 17:00

Event Overview: The Satellite Applications Catapult is hosting a two-day “sandpit” to develop proof-of-concept climate services projects. Sandpit events are when variety of disciplines and types of...

From Space

Mon 30 Nov 2015

Downstream Processing: Chromatography

09:00 until 17:00

Understand the principles of different methods of process chromatography, including Packed Bed, Monoliths, Expanded Bed. Select the appropriate media for, and predict the performance of,...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Mon 30 Nov 2015

Journeys of Health-Tech Innovation: Product to Market

09:00 until 17:00

Journeys of Health-Tech Innovation: Product to Market 30th November London "The Health-Tech Innovation LABS" is a healthcare technology innovation HUB; an incubator, accelerator, events and...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Mon 30 Nov 2015

Selling to the NHS Workshop

09:00 until 17:00

Selling to the NHS Workshop – 30th November 2015 Introduction Despite the challenges of selling to the NHS, it remains a very important market for health technology products and services. Further,...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Mon 30 Nov 2015

Stations of the Future

10:00 until 16:00

Co-funded by Innovate UK and RSSB, StaaS (Stations as a Service) is an innovation research project that creates a new management and commercial model for the next generation Station of the Future.

From Accelerating Innovation in Rail

Tue 01 Dec 2015

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) Africa

All Day

GFIA Africa will assemble the world's largest collection of sustainable agriculture innovations dedicated to improving agricultural productivity in Africa. They are looking for speakers from all...

From Biosciences

Tue 01 Dec 2015

Predictive Multiscale Materials Modelling - Turing Gateway Event

All Day

Background The multiscale/multiphysics nature of materials gives rise to extremely challenging and unique mathematical and algorithmic problems currently prohibiting uncertainty quantification and...

From Materials