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

Defence and Security

Seeking both to improve the flow of knowledge between the UK’s civil and defence and security communities and to identify new opportunities for technology exploitation


Quantum Technologies

Building a £Billion business in Quantum Technology


Biosciences

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.


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


Chemistry

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


New Events

Mon 22 Feb 2016

Hands on with Android Wearables

12:00 until 13:00

Wearables, what are they exactly? Come to our interactive class and find out. We're going to take...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 17 Feb 2016

Digital disruption - implications on HR

18:00 until 21:00

Organisations today face disruptive challenges to their strategy, business models, and culture...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 16 Feb 2016

Startup Sessions #3 - Hiring & Firing: HR 101

17:30 until 19:00

The Startup Sessions are a special series of seminars and talks with key people from the Digital...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 16 Feb 2016

TechPitch 4.5: Pitch Workshop - 16 February 2016

09:30 until 17:30

2Pears pitching workshops: Every start-up has a story to tell… An essential part of establishing...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 15 Feb 2016

CBSN Power Talks and Networking

All Day

Whether youre starting your own business, searching for the perfect co-founder, or looking for...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Upcoming Events

Sat 13 Feb 2016

Get started with the Internet of Things

10:00 until 17:00

The Internet of Things (IoT) is profoundly changing the way we live. Would you like to be part of this revolution and learn how to remotely monitor and control your environment? This workshop is...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sat 13 Feb 2016

StartUp Saturday: One-day business class in London

10:00 until 15:00

Join small business expert, author and founder of Enterprise Nation Emma Jones MBE - and other aspiring entrepreneurs to learn how to turn your idea into a business in just one day Even if you've...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sat 13 Feb 2016

Straight Forward Self Development Workshop by Matt Kendall

12:00 until 16:00

In this workshop we will be looking at dealing with stress & anxiety, developing confidence and working on self esteem issues. It is suitable for those who work with clients, and people who just...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sat 13 Feb 2016

Dream StartUp

19:30 until 21:00

Let's start with our five year plan Download and bring it along. From: www.idecidedtolive Buy yourself a coffee and let's work together. You'll be writing yourself an 'Appreciation Letter of...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 15 Feb 2016

CBSN Power Talks and Networking

All Day

Whether youre starting your own business, searching for the perfect co-founder, or looking for developing your career further or transitioning to a new job CBSN can be your life support. It can...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 15 Feb 2016

Conference on Energy-Intensive Industries

All Day

On the 15th of February 2016 the European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska are hosting the conference on energy-intensive industries (EII), during which...

From SusChem UK

Mon 15 Feb 2016

Conference on Energy-Intensive Industries

All Day

European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska are hosting a conference on energy-intensive industries (EII). The conference will map the key challenges and...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Mon 15 Feb 2016

4th Biotechnology World Congress

Feb 15 / 09:00 until Feb 18 / 17:00

This international conference, co-organized by Eureka Science and the University of Sharjah, under the patronage of the His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin-Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Mon 15 Feb 2016

EMBRAER PORTUGAL BRIEFING & NETWORKING SESSION

12:30 until 17:30

ADS, working closely with UKTI in Lisbon, will be hosting a free to attend briefing and networking session with a delegation from Embraer Portugal. Embraer announced its presence in Portugal in...

From Composites

Mon 15 Feb 2016

Developing your Customer Acquisition Channels’ Speakers’ Panel

18:00 until 21:00

Building a successful SME business is tough and building traction or customer demand is the best way to improve the chances of achieving success. The speakers’ panel brings together a number of...

From Creative, Digital & Design.