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 Sep 2015

CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle Event

Sep 09 / 09:00 until Sep 10 / 17:00

Visit our stand at the CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle event 2015, the networking and technology...

From High Value Manufacturing

Mon 09 Nov 2015

Innovate 2015

Nov 09 / 09:00 until Nov 10 / 17:00

Come and see us alongisde the other Catapults at the UK's biggest innovation show. We will have a...

From High Value Manufacturing

Tue 28 Jul 2015

Long Term Care Revolution ​SBRI National Challenge Networking Events

09:00 until 17:00

Long Term Care Revolution SBRI National Challenge Networking Events Invitation Birmingham &...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Tue 21 Jul 2015

Long Term Care Revolution ​SBRI National Challenge Networking Events

09:00 until 17:00

Long Term Care Revolution SBRI National Challenge Networking Events Invitation Birmingham &...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Mon 21 Sep 2015

Nanoparticles for Cell Tracking

Sep 21 / 09:00 until Sep 22 / 17:00

The meeting is formally hosted by the UK regenerative medicine platform (UKRMP Safety Hub, see...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Upcoming Events

Fri 03 Jul 2015

Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery

All Day

The Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery is an annual, weekend-long conference on food, its culture and its history. It brings together up to 220 international scholars, journalists, chefs,...

From Biosciences

Fri 03 Jul 2015

THE BIG ART SHOW

All Day

There will be over 150 exhibitors, including glass, ceramicists, furniture designers, textile artists, sculptors, painters, metalworkers and jewellers as well as over 100 film, photography and film...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 03 Jul 2015

China Healthcare & Life Sciences Roadshow 2015 GLASGOW

09:00 until 17:00

China Healthcare & Life Sciences Roadshow 2015 Working with key partners, the China Healthcare & Life Sciences Roadshow 2015- facilitated by the GREAT Britain Campaign and organised by UK Trade &...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Fri 03 Jul 2015

KTN talks at New Designers 2015

11:00 until 13:45

New Designers, New Material Thinking Hear a panel of graduate designers discuss how they think about and experiment with materials to create exciting innovations from nano jewellery to sustainable...

From Built Environment

Fri 03 Jul 2015

KTN talks at New Designers 2015

11:00 until 13:45

New Designers, New Material Thinking Hear a panel of graduate designers discuss how they think about and experiment with materials to create exciting innovations from nano jewellery to sustainable...

From Energy Generation and Supply

Fri 03 Jul 2015

KTN talks at New Designers 2015

11:00 until 13:45

New Designers, New Material Thinking Hear a panel of graduate designers discuss how they think about and experiment with materials to create exciting innovations from nano jewellery to sustainable...

From Transport

Fri 03 Jul 2015

Energy Catalyst Round 3 - Brokerage Webinar

12:00 until 13:30

The Energy Catalyst has been established by Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to accelerate innovation in...

From Energy Efficiency

Fri 03 Jul 2015

Tax Relief for Research and Development

12:00 until 14:30

Networking lunch followed by masterclass Paul Arnold is a qualified chartered accountant who has specialised in tax for nearly 15 years. Paul and his team deal with a broad range of taxes, both...

From Biosciences

Fri 03 Jul 2015

HOTHOUSE NETWORKING EVENT: SCOTLAND

13:30 until 17:00

Hothouse is a six month business and creative development programme for emerging craft makers. Come and join some of the makers who are currently on the programme as part of an informal peer...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sat 04 Jul 2015

Data visualisation: A one-day workshop

10:00 until 16:00

Learn to use infographics to present complex information simply, elegantly and beautifully Whether you're working on a presentation, a website or teaching materials, nothing tells a complex...

From Design