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

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

Tue 28 Apr 2015

Franco-British Symposium on Composite Materials

All Day

The Knowledge Transfer Network has been working with the Science and Technology Department of the French Embassy to organise this Franco-British Symposium on Composite Materials. As leaders in the...

From Composites

Tue 28 Apr 2015

Game-changing technologies in aerospace: consortium building event

All Day

This event will highlight the main features of the competition, and provide opportunities to pitch technology ideas, display technology and network with experts from the aerospace industry and...

From Materials

Tue 28 Apr 2015

Graphene & 2D Materials LIVE! Europe 2015

All Day

An international conference and tradeshow covering the applications and latest technology developments of Graphene. Our audience will develop a comprehensive yet detailed understanding of the state...

From Graphene Special Interest Group

Tue 28 Apr 2015


All Day

ITEC is an annual forum for representatives from the military, industry and academia to connect and share knowledge with the international training, education and simulation sectors. Presenting a...

From Defence and Security

Tue 28 Apr 2015

Smart to Future Cities 2015

All Day

Scott Cain, Executive Director of Future Cities Catapult, will be speaking at Urban IoT / Smart to Future Cities 2015. There will be over 50 global thought-leaders and innovators, 19 case studies...

From Future Cities

Tue 28 Apr 2015

Electric Vehicles – Everything is Changing - Germany

Apr 28 / 08:45 until Apr 29 / 18:30

The event will showcase the advances made and planned by researchers and vehicle makers for land, water and air vehicles. This year the big new move to integration will be showcased in place of...

From Energy Efficiency

Tue 28 Apr 2015

Harwell Transport Forum

08:45 until 14:45

Harwell Campus and the Science Transit Board for Oxfordshire would like to invite you to attend an important Transport Forum. Harwell and its people solve problems. Transport issues present...

From Transport

Tue 28 Apr 2015

Designing for the future

09:00 until 17:00

Climate Northern Ireland, in collaboration with the Royal Society of Ulster Architects, invites you to a conference which will explore the vulnerability of the built environment to current and...

From Built Environment