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

Wed 21 Oct 2015

Future Food Horizons 2015

Oct 21 / 09:00 until Oct 22 / 17:00

This year' Future Food Horizons Conference, sponsored by KTN, takes the theme "Meeting Societal...

From Biosciences

Thu 15 Oct 2015


All Day

The world is rapidly changing, but are we keeping pace? Do we need to rethink our future...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 23 Sep 2015


All Day

Award-winning designer Ben Terrett talks about how design is changing the world (a bit) and how...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 10 Sep 2015


All Day

How can we tame the excesses of the financial industry and make it more accountable to the people...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 29 Oct 2015

4th UK Space Propulsion Workshop

09:00 until 17:00

On 29th October the 4th UK Space Propulsion Workshop will take place at the Imperial War Museum...

From Space

Upcoming Events

Mon 31 Aug 2015

66th EAAP

All Day

The 66th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) will be held from 31st of August to 4th of September 2015, on the Campus of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences SGGW.

From Biosciences

Mon 31 Aug 2015

How to implement Precision Livestock Farming?

14:00 until 18:00

The Animal Task Force and EAAP cordially invite you to the Special Session “How to implement Precision Livestock Farming?” on Monday August 31, 2015 in Warsaw (as part of the EAAP conference), to...

From Biosciences

Tue 01 Sep 2015

QUAMP 2015

All Day

QUAMP 2015 is the biennial AMOP meeting: the International Conference on Quantum, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics, being held in Brighton UK from 1-4 September 2015. The meeting will cover...

From Quantum Technologies

Tue 01 Sep 2015

Ruminant Health and Welfare Workshop

All Day

This Sustainable and Efficient Food Supply Advanced Training Partnership (Pasture ATP) workshop is designed both as an entry point to the Ruminant Health and Welfare distance learning module and to...

From Biosciences

Tue 01 Sep 2015

Synthetic Biology UK 2015: Think, develop, measure, make

All Day

Synthetic Biology is a field that has rapidly expanded. It relies on multidisciplinary approaches and delivers transdisciplinary advances that have the potential to redefine our understanding of...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Tue 01 Sep 2015


All Day

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.

Tue 01 Sep 2015

Women In Business Network (WIBN) - The Shoreditch Women in Business Network

All Day

Join us for "conversations & connections" at the new Shoreditch WIBN group. WIBN is a networking group created for women, by women. We offer all business women and business owners the opportunity...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 01 Sep 2015

Drop-in Session - March A 2015

09:00 until 12:00

Manchester Central Library, Business & IP Centre, 2nd Floor, Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5DB The Growth Startup programme enables you to get your new business or idea off to a flying...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 01 Sep 2015

Second Workshop on High Content Screening of Stem Cells: Defining Features

10:00 until 17:00

PRELIMINARY AGENDA: 10.00 - Registration and networking over refreshments. Book your visit to: CSCRM, Nikon Imaging Centre, Cell Therapy Catapult. (all at 11.00 and 11.30) 12.30 - Welcome Note...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Tue 01 Sep 2015

ERC Starting Grants Proposal Writing and Information Events

13:30 until 17:00

In its capacity as UK National Contact Point for the European Research Council, the UK Research Office, in partnership with the hosting institutions, is holding two events for researchers who are...

From Horizon 2020