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

Tue 09 Jun 2015

Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst Engineering Focused Workshop

09:30 until 16:00

This is a free consortium-building event to stimulate engineering-led projects for the Industrial...

From Emerging Medical Technologies

Wed 06 Apr 2016

SynBioBeta London 2016

All Day

Save the date! More info to follow in due course.

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Mon 29 Jun 2015

CSIC Annual Lecture

16:30 until 19:00

Dr Keith Bowers CEng FICE MIMMM FGS Profession Head: Tunnels London Underground Limited will be...

From Built Environment

Mon 29 Jun 2015

Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks in Civil Infrastructure

All Day

Future monitoring systems will undoubtedly comprise Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) as part of the...

From Built Environment

Tue 14 Jul 2015

Innovation Matchmaking: Commercial Retrofit

16:00 until 20:00

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

From Built Environment

Upcoming Events

Thu 28 May 2015

Adverse Outcome Pathways in Developmental and Lung Toxicity

All Day

The In Vitro Testing Industrial Platform (IVTIP) 2015 spring meeting will focus on AOPs in Developmental and Lung Toxicity and their application as a route to mechanistic understanding. The meeting...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Thu 28 May 2015

Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst Round 4 Webinar

All Day

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest £40m in major integrated research...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Thu 28 May 2015

Investing in Research, Development and Innovation

All Day

Research and Development lies in the heart of business growth and innovation across every sector. Research, development and innovation excels in the UK, where innovative companies significantly...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Thu 28 May 2015

ReNEW your approach to resources in the circular economy

All Day

Venue: Office of the Northern Ireland Executive, 180 Chaussee D'Etterbeek, 1040 Brussels ReNEW is a European partnership with a track record of excellence in innovation in resource recovery from...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Thu 28 May 2015

Thirsty Energy: Achieving Water Efficiency in a Low Carbon World.

All Day

Green in the City expert Debate on Thirsty Energy: Achieving Water Efficiency in a Low Carbon World. Debating low carbon issues facing the sector will be: Nick Mills, Wastewater Innovation...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Thu 28 May 2015

FundSME Event - Connecting SMEs & Start-Ups with all Sources of Finance

09:00 until 17:00

If you need funding, cheaper funding or alternative funding, FundSME is the best solution for you! The FundSME website and one-day event will accommodate upto: €6 Billion just for SMEs 40...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 28 May 2015

The Long Term Care Revolution - Northern Ireland

09:00 until 17:00

28th May 2015 Ramada Plaza Hotel Belfast, Northern Ireland 10.00-14.30 Innovate UK and Invest Northern Ireland are delighted to be working in partnership on The Long Term Care Revolution to...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 28 May 2015

Digital Skills Mini Master Class

10:00 until 12:00

The Digital Growth programme enables your company to benefit from the opportunities that digital technology and the wider infrastructure have to offer. The Hub provides one-to-one support with a...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 28 May 2015

The Long-Term Care Revolution- Northern Ireland Workshop

10:00 until 14:30

28th May 2015 Ramada Plaza Hotel Belfast, Northern Ireland 10.00-14.30 Innovate UK and Invest Northern Ireland are delighted to be working in partnership on The Long Term Care Revolution to...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 28 May 2015

Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst Round 4 Webinar

13:00 until 15:00

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest £40m in major integrated research...

From Innovate UK Network