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

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


Future Cities

The Future Cities Group is part of the Urban Living group


Chemistry

Driving Innovation and Value for the chemistry-using industries


Biosciences

Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors


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 14 Apr 2015

UK PlantSci 2015

All Day

UK PlantSci provides a unique opportunity to learn about the breadth of cutting edge plant...

From Biosciences

Wed 15 Apr 2015

New Frontiers in Forensics

09:30 until 16:30

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the landmark discovery and application of DNA...

From Forensic Science

Wed 08 Apr 2015

Plant Based Summit

All Day

Plant Based Summit focusses on the innovation, co-development and operational implementation...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Tue 17 Mar 2015

Maximising Value from Existing Feedstocks: Funding Workshop

09:30 until 17:00

A funding workshop organised by the Plants to Products NIBB Network bringing together industry...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Mon 23 Mar 2015

South Eastern Robotics Network Launch

17:30 until 21:00

The Robotics & Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group in collaboration with the London...

From Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Upcoming Events

Wed 04 Mar 2015

BioWales 2015

All Day

The leading event for the life sciences sector in Wales this year will focus on the life sciences supply chain providing practical commercial opportunities for growth through novel routes to market...

From Biosciences

Wed 04 Mar 2015

Catchment Management in Action

All Day

Catchment Management in Action: Integrating land and water management in the Eden exploring opportunities for business Review the challenges of catchment management in practice through workshops...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Wed 04 Mar 2015

Consortium building workshop for Horizon 2020 Mobility for Growth

All Day

The LowCVP and Innovate UK would like to invite you along to participate in a consortium building workshop for Horizon 2020 Mobility for Growth for bid applications. The workshop will take place in...

From Innovate UK Network

Wed 04 Mar 2015

Defence Support and Logistics Conference 2015

All Day

Through transformational changes in defence structures, roles and responsibilities under Future Force 2020, the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom will provide a very different logistics model than...

From Defence and Security

Wed 04 Mar 2015

Emerging contaminants in waters and soils

All Day

Emerging contaminants in waters and soils, practical considerations: -Sampling, analysis and consequences. The objective of this one day seminar is to discuss the chemistry of Contaminants of...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Wed 04 Mar 2015

Sensors in the Built Environment

All Day

Callaghan Innovation, KiwiNet and the British High Commission in New Zealand are pleased to announce a workshop on sensors in the built environment, to take place in Wellington on Wednesday 4...

From Built Environment

Wed 04 Mar 2015

Cultured Beef: Growing a Burger?

08:00 until 09:00

Cultured Beef: Growing a Burger? - Professor Mark Post - Online A one-hour webinar organised by the IChemE's Biochemical Engineering, and Food & Drink Special Interest Groups, and presented by...

From Chemistry

Wed 04 Mar 2015

Bio Wales 2015

Mar 04 / 09:00 until Mar 05 / 17:00

The leading event for the life sciences sector in Wales this year will focus on the life sciences supply chain providing practical commercial opportunities for growth through novel routes to market...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Wed 04 Mar 2015

Biopharmaceutical Analytical Group Symposium

Mar 04 / 09:00 until Mar 05 / 17:00

KTN Biopharmaceutical Analytical Group Symposium, 4th-5th March, Leeds - Full agenda details Come and join the KTN's Biopharmaceutical Analytical Group at the Symposium on 4th and 5th March. Two...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Wed 04 Mar 2015

Cultured Beef: Growing a Burger?

09:00 until 17:00

A one-hour webinar organised by the IChemE's Biochemical Engineering, and Food & Drink Special Interest Groups, and presented by Professor Mark Post (Maastricht University, The Netherlands),...

From Biosciences