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

Fri 29 Apr 2016

Computational Modelling in Healthcare

09:00 until 17:00

Computational modelling in healthcare: Making confident predictions in a world of error and...

From Uncertainty Quantification and Management in High Value Manufacturing

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.

Upcoming Events

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.

Tue 16 Feb 2016

Drop-in session

09:00 until 12:00

The Growth Service supports businesses of all sizes, from start-ups looking to get their idea off to a flying start to established companies looking to expand. Eligible clients are able to access...

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 and growing any start-up is pitching your business plan to investors, journalists, VCs and potential...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 16 Feb 2016

1st Smart Cities Forum (SCF)

10:00 until 16:00

Over the past 50 years, the urban population has grown by more than 4-fold. Developing, as well as developed cities face legacy and emerging urban challenges related to congestion, public order,...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 16 Feb 2016

Mentor Induction Workshop

12:00 until 16:00

This interactive workshop is aimed at new and existing Business Growth Hub Mentors. Benefits of attending: • Techniques for maximising your mentoring time. • What is mentoring (and what it is...

From Creative, Digital & Design.