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 24 Jun 2015

CDE Innovation Network featuring 'open-source big data insight' competition

09:30 until 16:00

CDE Innovation Network - registration closes on Friday 19 June 2015 at 12:30pm. **Including...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 08 Jul 2015

FREE Lean Start-Up Workshop Day 1 - Middlesbrough

09:00 until 16:00

The Lean Startup methodology is being used by new and existing enterprises around the world....

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 13 May 2015

Open Data lunchtime session - West Cambridge

12:30 until 13:30

Open Data lunchtime session will: provide you with all the necessary information you need to know...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 15 Apr 2015

How can North East businesses improve customer experience and reduce costs?

17:30 until 19:00

Introduction: The story of Forfusion – delivered by Steven Forrest, Chief Executive Officer of...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 22 May 2015

Future of Digital Health Care Symposium 2015

09:00 until 17:00

We are very pleased to offer you the unique opportunity to register your interest to attend the...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Upcoming Events

Sat 25 Apr 2015

2nd International Workshop on Mammalian Synthetic Biology

All Day

Recognizing the fast emergence and potential significance of this field, the aim of this workshop series is to bring practitioners of mammalian synthetic biology together with experts from other...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Sat 25 Apr 2015


All Day


From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sun 26 Apr 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 story...

From Design

Sun 26 Apr 2015

Vogue Festival 2015

16:45 until 17:45

Tickets to talks and masterclasses include access to all foyer activities taking place during the day at the Royal College of Art, including: The Vogue cover shoot with Chanel make-up and...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

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