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


HealthTech and Medicines

Building a Healthy Nation through Business Innovation


Biosciences

Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors


Materials

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


Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Supporting the development of a new industrial RAS sector in the UK


Quantum Technologies

Building a £Billion business in Quantum Technology


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


ICT

Creating a competitive advantage for the UK by facilitating knowledge exchange on Information and Communications Technologies and accelerating innovation.


Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

To be a beacon for successful wealth creation from knowledge.


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


New Events

Mon 19 Sep 2016

Health and Life Sciences Competition Briefing Event & Webcast

09:30 until 16:30

Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects addressing technical or...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Wed 14 Sep 2016

NC3RS Workshop 2016

09:00 until 17:00

Can the use mathematical modelling for safety and efficacy decision making in the biosciences be...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Wed 14 Sep 2016

NC3RS Workshop 2016

09:00 until 17:00

Can the use mathematical modelling for safety and efficacy decision making in the biosciences be...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Tue 07 Feb 2017

Next steps for UK agricultural technologies

09:00 until 17:00

Next steps for UK agricultural technologies - investment, research and priorities for the...

From Biosciences

Wed 16 Nov 2016

IAgrE Landwards Conference 2016: AgEng Innovation - Concept to Cash

09:00 until 17:00

The IAgrE Landwards Conference 2016 will explore how an innovator can find their way from...

From Biosciences

Upcoming Events

Wed 24 Aug 2016

Biomedical Engineering Innovation Workshop

Aug 24 / 09:00 until Aug 25 / 17:00

Fundamentals of CAD and Programming for medical device development. 24 & 25 August 2016 Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Wolfson Centre, 106 Rottenrow, Glasgow G4...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 25 Aug 2016

One to One Start-Up Business Support 25 August 2015

All Day

A free one hour one to one session with an experienced and qualified Business Adviser to help you plan and execute your business idea. Subjects that you might want to consider are : writing a...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 29 Aug 2016

EAAP 2016

Aug 29 / 09:00 until Sep 02 / 17:00

Booking and submissions now open for the 2016 EAAP Conference, 'Sustainable Food Production: Livestock's Key Role'. Hosted in the beautiful city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 29 September to 2...

From Biosciences

Thu 01 Sep 2016

TMD-UK

All Day

The first UK meeting specifically dedicated to bringing together those working on transition metal dichalcogenides and their heterostructures. The meeting aims to bring together the...

From Materials

Thu 01 Sep 2016

Venturefest Scotland

All Day

Venturefest Network draws local innovation eco-systems together through a number of local events around the country, working closely with Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board), the Knowledge...

From Transport

Thu 01 Sep 2016

FoodWasteNet: Catalysis and Waste Valorisation

09:00 until 17:00

This meeting will bring together experts in the areas of materials design for catalytic applications, process optimisation and biocatalytic transformations to discuss how recent advances could be...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Thu 01 Sep 2016

Venturefest Scotland

09:00 until 17:00

Venturefest Network draws local innovation eco-systems together through a number of local events around the country, working closely with Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and other...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Thu 01 Sep 2016

Venturefest Scotland

09:00 until 17:00

Venturefest Network draws local innovation eco-systems together through a number of local events around the country, working closely with Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and other...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Thu 01 Sep 2016

Quantum Technology Workshop for Health Applications: MEG

10:00 until 17:00

Aims: 1. To explore the applications for Quantum Technologies in the health sector by discussing: • Key drivers of the sector (economical, regulatory, societal, others) • Needs and barriers • How...

From Quantum Technologies

Fri 02 Sep 2016

The Science of Hair Care: A Good Hair Day

09:00 until 17:00

The successful formulation of hair care products requires a multi-disciplinary approach, a combination of formulation science and technology, with an understanding of the properties of hair, what...

From Chemistry