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

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.


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


The Materials Community aims to bring together the materials supply chain to accelerate innovation, improve global competitiveness and sustainability.


The KTN Ltd's Nanotechnology Community


Driving Innovation and Value for the chemistry-using industries


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

Wed 13 May 2015

Business Networking Breakfast

08:00 until 10:00

Join us for a morning of lively networking with the chance to make new contacts and to hear more...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 16 Jun 2015

Retail Matters - The Future of Retail Part 2

13:00 until 16:00

Do you have questions about Retail Matters - The Future of Retail Part 2?

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 30 Apr 2015

Fusion Meetup (Birmingham)

17:30 until 20:30

Fusion is an informal social gathering of industry leaders and professionals that get together...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 30 Apr 2015

Creative Women Together

10:00 until 12:30

Hello again Creative Women!! I am thrilled to be hosting these informal get-togethers for...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 08 Jul 2015

Venturefest Oxford 2015

09:00 until 18:30

A gateway for entrepreneurs and innovators to connect with investors and advisors at all stages...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Upcoming Events

Mon 27 Apr 2015

UK Roadshow - Manchester

All Day

The Federation is delighted to announce its first three events of the UK Roadshow, in which leading figures from the arts, creative industries and commercial education will come together to forge...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 27 Apr 2015

Writing successful funding applications - Horizon 2020 and ESA IAP

08:30 until 14:30

The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), ESA-BIC and ESA IAP are jointly hosting a workshop on the Harwell Campus to present their respective funding instruments and enable SMEs, start-ups and other...

From Space

Mon 27 Apr 2015

Advanced Materials for Quantum Technology

Apr 27 / 09:00 until Apr 29 / 17:00

A 3-day meeting on advanced materials for quantum technology will be held in Manchester. Bob Cockshott who leads the Quantum technologies SIG will give a short overview over SIG activities. The...

From Quantum Technologies

Mon 27 Apr 2015

The Age of No Retirement Debate

09:00 until 17:00

We are living longer. And change is inevitable - in how we live our lives, and how we shape society around us. Now is the time to explore together the opportunities that this change could mean for...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Mon 27 Apr 2015

Future of construction: progress towards Construction 2025

14:30 until 18:00

The event will bring together industry leaders to discuss emerging technologies, innovations and processes and their relationship to the joint government and industry strategy Construction 2025. ...

From Built Environment

Mon 27 Apr 2015

International Minor Metals Conference April 2015

Apr 27 / 16:00 until Apr 29 / 17:30

This is an annual event organised by the Minor Metal Trade Association (MMTA). The publicity for the event atates that: - "The conference programme will address issues and developments across a...

From Security of Supply of Mineral Resources

Mon 27 Apr 2015

Start Up Grind: Morphsuits

17:00 until 18:00

This months guest is Gregor Lawson who is Marketing Director and one of the co-founders of Morphsuits – the fancy dress phenomenon which started in 2009 and now represents the largest costume brand...

From Design

Mon 27 Apr 2015

Start Up Grind

18:00 until 21:00

Start Up Grind is a Monthly Event, where through a series of fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide support opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the...

From Design

Tue 28 Apr 2015

Game-changing technologies in aerospace - consortium building event

All Day

We are holding a consortium building event in London on the 28th April 2015. The aim of the event is to give you an opportunity to pitch your project idea, exhibit, network and gain an informative...

From Aerospace

Tue 28 Apr 2015

Cyber Security & Privacy Innovation Forum 2015

All Day

The European Commission is hosting its annual Cyber Security & Privacy (CSP) Innovation Forum on 28th & 29th April 2015 in Brussels. The CSP Innovation Forum 2015 is organised by the European...

From Defence and Security