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

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


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 09 Dec 2015

Scientific infrastructure in the UK

09:00 until 17:00

Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar: Scientific infrastructure in the UK -...

From Biosciences

Tue 03 Nov 2015

Building better research relationships between industry and academia

09:00 until 13:00

Delegates at this seminar will assess opportunities and challenges for fostering long-term...

From Biosciences

Mon 14 Sep 2015

7th WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme Seminar

Sep 14 / 09:00 until Sep 15 / 17:00

This public seminar will bring together researchers and stakeholders from industry, academia and...

From Biosciences

Wed 27 Jan 2016

Role of science in food and agriculture policy

09:00 until 13:00

Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar: Role of science in food and agriculture...

From Biosciences

Tue 18 Aug 2015

Innovation Matchmaking: Measuring energy and indoor air quality

16:00 until 20:00

This fun, fast paced evening event will bring together innovative sustainable product and...

From Built Environment

Upcoming Events

Tue 30 Jun 2015

EMiT conference

All Day

Focusing on emerging computational technology, EMiT 2015 is a ground-breaking conference showcasing how this technology is revolutionising today’s research across all research fields as well as...

From Energy Efficient Computing

Tue 30 Jun 2015

Fashion Forum

All Day

The Fashion Forum is a one day event bringing together global leaders in the fashion industry, entrepreneurs, politicians, CEOs and the brightest stars of British fashion to create a Think Tank....

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 30 Jun 2015

Go Digital: Enabling Successful Transformation

All Day

The ESTnet would like to invite your organisation to visit Go Digital: Enabling Successful Transformation; a free one-day event to show how your business can save money, improve customer service...

From Cyber Security

Tue 30 Jun 2015

Go Digital: Enabling Successful Transformation

All Day

The ESTnet would like to invite your organisation to visit Go Digital: Enabling Successful Transformation; a free one-day event to show how your business can save money, improve customer service...

From Cloud computing

Tue 30 Jun 2015

How to set up or improve a reuse system in your organisation - Exeter

All Day

This event explores the financial, social and environmental benefits that are created by the reuse and repair of assets within organisations. This free 3 hour event will show you how to set up or...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Tue 30 Jun 2015

New Blood Festival

All Day

The New Blood Festival gathers the next wave of creative talent together in East London, the heart of the UK's creative industries. Hundreds of graduates showcase their work looking for the...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 30 Jun 2015

Priorities for science and innovation policy

All Day

Priorities for science and innovation policy: opportunities, structures and investment. Timed to examine Government's post-election plans for UK science and innovation policy, and informed by the...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Tue 30 Jun 2015

Venturefest West Midlands

All Day

Visit our workshop to find out how HVM Catapult might work with you, at this major event for entrepeneurs, business owners and innovators.

From High Value Manufacturing

Tue 30 Jun 2015

Fifteenth Unlocking Innovation Workshop

08:45 until 17:30

The fifteenth workshop in the series that provides resources to help address the obstacles to innovation in the rail sector and nurture a dialogue between clients and suppliers. Organisations are...

From Unlocking Innovation in Rail

Tue 30 Jun 2015

Drop-in Session - March A 2015

09:00 until 12:00

The Growth Startup programme enables you to get your new business or idea off to a flying start with a whole host of support available to those who are eligible. We have an initial 2-day workshop...

From Creative, Digital & Design.