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

Quantum Technologies

Building a £Billion business in Quantum Technology


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.


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

Robotics and Autonomous Systems

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

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 21 Oct 2015

UK Energy Storage Innovation Showcase

10:00 until 17:00

The Department of Energy & Climate Change, Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network are...

From Energy Generation and Supply

Thu 12 Nov 2015

Engineering the Circular Economy Panel Discussion

18:00 until 21:00

A panel discussion exploring the factors involved in shaping and developing successful circular...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Tue 13 Oct 2015

Cities Integrated by Design Competition Briefing

10:00 until 13:00

Innovate UK is to invest up to £800,000 in technical feasibility studies that explore the...

From Innovate UK Network

Wed 21 Oct 2015

Materials for Demanding Environments - London

All Day

Innovate UK £2M Materials for Demanding Environments Feasibility Study Competition – London...

From Innovate UK Network

Wed 14 Oct 2015

Optimising Food Composition: Fat, Sugar, Salt and Fibre - Webinar

14:00 until 16:00

Following two successful consortia-building workshops an online Webcast will be held to promote...

From Innovate UK Network

Upcoming Events

Thu 08 Oct 2015

Food for Thought - Food Production, Security, Safety and Fraud

All Day

Food production, especially meat and fish production, is often hit by real or perceived threats to security of the consumers, one recent example being the horse meat scandal. Prof. Jim Scudamore...

From Biosciences

Thu 08 Oct 2015

Forensic Science Technology Showcase 2015

All Day

The third annual SIG Technology Showcase will take place on Thursday 8th October in Birmingham. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the latest forensic science R&D and an opportunity to make...

From Forensic Science

Thu 08 Oct 2015

Forensic Science Technology Showcase 2015

All Day

The third annual SIG Technology Showcase will take place on Thursday 8th October in Birmingham. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the latest forensic science R&D and an opportunity to make...

From Defence and Security

Thu 08 Oct 2015

Funding Opportunities for the Magnetics Community

All Day

This event aims to bring together the magnetics community to form consortia and access the significant funding opportunities which will become available in the coming years. This event will give an...

From Materials

Thu 08 Oct 2015


All Day

The GNCCF is an award winning high profile fair that celebrates the very best of contemporary craft and is regarded as the leading selling event in the North of England. Over 150 designer makers...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 08 Oct 2015

How to set up or improve a reuse system in your organisation - Brighton

All Day

This event explores the financial, social and environmental benefits that are created by the reuse and repair of assets within organisations. This free 3 hour event will show you how to set up or...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Thu 08 Oct 2015

Innovate UK Day

All Day

Innovate UK exists to offer guidance and funding for business and academic organisations to develop innovative products and services. This series of talks will give case studies from industrial and...

From UK Magnetics Society

Thu 08 Oct 2015

Rail Vehicle Enhancements 2015

08:00 until 16:30

Rail Vehicle Enhancements is the only single theme Expo aimed at the engineering of rail vehicles for refurbishment and enhancements. The show is now entering its fourth successful year. RVE...

From Accelerating Innovation in Rail

Thu 08 Oct 2015

Building Better Buildings - Glasgow BPE Event - 8th October

09:00 until 16:00

Innovate UK will be holding a full day event on the Building Performane Evaluation programme focusing on projects in Scotland. These engaging events, in collaboration with the Zero Carbon Hub and...

From Building Performance Evaluation

Thu 08 Oct 2015

Forensic Science SIG Technology Showcase 2015

09:30 until 16:00

The Forensic Science Special Interest Group is pleased to announce that the third Technology Showcase will take place on the 8th October 2015 in Birmingham. This year’s event proposes to be bigger...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group