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


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

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

Thu 08 Oct 2015

Industrial Networking and Engagement Day on Soft Technologies

09:30 until 16:00

Explore the possibilities of soft technologies and soft robotics in your field! Agenda 09:30 -...

From Materials

Mon 21 Sep 2015

BRL Technical Seminar - Programming Robotic Agents

12:00 until 13:00

Title: Programming Robotic Agents: A Multi-tasking Teleo-Reactive Approach Speaker: Professor...

From West of England Robotics Network

Fri 09 Oct 2015

Robotics and Autonomous Systems for Rolling Stock Maintenance

10:30 until 15:30

RRUKA is making up to £250,000 available for feasibility studies to respond to the challenge of...

From Accelerating Innovation in Rail

Tue 06 Oct 2015

MedTec Ireland

09:00 until 17:00

The 2015 event will host a number of exhibitors and innovations from global leaders to niche...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Wed 16 Sep 2015

Advancing Analytical Technologies For Biopharmaceutical Processes

09:00 until 17:00

Innovate UK Competition for funding Innovate UK will invest up to £4m, in collaborative R&D...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Upcoming Events

Sat 05 Sep 2015

Life on Foot: A Day of Talking and Walking

All Day

How, where and why do we walk? This day will include exciting workshops, family fun and a stellar line-up of designers and writers to explore all things Life on Foot.

From Design

Sun 06 Sep 2015

2nd European Conference on Natural Products

All Day

The 2nd European Conference on Natural Products will again bring together more than 300 international experts in secondary metabolite research. The conference programme – with a special emphasis on...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Sun 06 Sep 2015

2nd European Conference on Natural Products

All Day

The 2nd European Conference on Natural Products will again bring together more than 300 international experts in secondary metabolite research. The conference programme – with a special emphasis on...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Sun 06 Sep 2015


All Day

Launched in September 1990, Autumn Fair is now celebrated as the season’s number one gift and home trade event and is a must-attend event for UK and international buyers looking for the most...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sun 06 Sep 2015

EAFS 2015

All Day

The 7th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference will be held in Prague on the 6-11th September 2015. The conference title is: Pushing Boundaries, working beyond borders. There are several...

From Forensic Science

Sun 06 Sep 2015

Market visit to Mexico

All Day

Register To register your interest or for further information, please contact: Missions Team E: Organised by the Mayor’s Export Programme and in partnership with...

From Built Environment

Sun 06 Sep 2015

EWTEC 2015

Sep 06 / 09:00 until Sep 11 / 17:00

Bienvenue à Nantes ! My colleagues of the LHEEA Laboratory at Ecole Centrale de Nantes, and myself, are pleased to invite you to participate in the Eleventh European Wave and Tidal Energy...

From Energy Generation and Supply

Mon 07 Sep 2015

5th CEAS Air & Space Conference

All Day

CEAS 2015 will be a joint event combining the 5th CEAS (Council of European Aerospace Societies) Air & Space Conference, the 12th European Workshop on Aircraft Design Education (EWADE) and the 5th...

From Space

Mon 07 Sep 2015

Art in the Internet of Things (IoT) Roundtable

All Day

This event is an initial scoping exercise to work out what role the Digital Catapult can play in bringing together the thriving Art, Design and Internet of Things communities across the UK, to...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 07 Sep 2015

Carbon Dioxide Utilisation: Faraday Discussion

All Day

Carbon dioxide utilisation processes convert CO2 into commercially viable products such as chemicals, polymers, building materials and fuels. Carbon dioxide utilisation is an emerging technology...

From Chemistry