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.


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


Materials

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


Nanotechnology

The KTN Ltd's Nanotechnology Community


Chemistry

Driving Innovation and Value for the chemistry-using industries


Biosciences

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

Thu 11 Jun 2015

Workshop on the Cryopreservation of Cell Therapies

09:00 until 17:00

Workshop on the Cryopreservation of Cell Therapies BSGCT Glasgow, Thursday 11th June 2015...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 09 Jul 2015

Showcasing Innovation among Healthcare Procurement

09:00 until 17:00

Showcasing Innovation among Healthcare Procurement Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Tue 17 Nov 2015

Putting Precision Livestock Farming in Practice

All Day

The Animal Task Force cordially invites you for their yearly seminar, which in 2015 takes the...

From Biosciences

Tue 15 Sep 2015

7th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming

All Day

Focussing on how Precision Livestock Farming can support and improve techniques to make smart...

From Biosciences

Mon 31 Aug 2015

66th EAAP

All Day

The 66th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) will be held from...

From Biosciences

Upcoming Events

Thu 07 May 2015

FAPSA Conference 2015

All Day

FAPSA CONFERENCE 2015: SUCCESS THROUGH COLLABORATION 7TH & 8TH MAY 2015 Life Sciences Hub, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales The First Annual Forensic and Policing Services Association (FAPSA) Conference...

From Forensic Science

Thu 07 May 2015

Sensing in Extreme Environments

09:30 until 16:30

Many industries rely on sensing technologies that can operate in extreme environments. For example, exposure to high levels of ionising radiation in space applications and nuclear power; high...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Thu 07 May 2015

Sensing in Extreme Environments

09:30 until 16:00

Many industries rely on sensing technologies that can operate in extreme environments. For example, exposure to high levels of ionising radiation in space applications and nuclear power; high...

From Nuclear

Thu 07 May 2015

Sensing in Extreme Environments

09:30 until 16:30

Many industries rely on sensing technologies that can operate in extreme environments. For example, exposure to high levels of ionising radiation in space applications and nuclear power; high...

From Space

Thu 07 May 2015

DRINC: Diet and Health 2015 Call Workshop

10:30 until 16:00

This workshop is being held to launch the 2015 call for applications to the Diet and Health Research Industry Club (DRINC). DRINC enables the research base to support the food and drink industry by...

From Biosciences

Thu 07 May 2015

Digital Business Drop-In - May 2015

12:30 until 15:00

The Knowledge Transfer Network will be organising a Digital Business Drop-in session in London which will be an informal information sharing afternoon designed to support digital companies and...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 07 May 2015

Go Fund Yourself – Investment Workshop for Tech Startup

18:30 until 20:30

Closing a funding round for a tech startup can be complicated and bewildering if you haven’t done it before. Paul Dowling will help take the mystery out of the process by providing a workshop based...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 08 May 2015

COLLECT: THE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR FOR CONTEMPORARY OBJECTS

All Day

COLLECT is a chance to buy world-class, museum-quality contemporary craft from 35 international galleries each representing established and emerging artists. Alongside these eminent galleries...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 08 May 2015

6th Annual British Independent Film Festival

May 08 / 09:00 until May 09 / 22:00

The British Independent Film Festival is an event designed to showcase independent films from around the world with a focus on British talent. The aim of the festival is to bring maximum exposure...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sat 09 May 2015

Startup Portsmouth Summit

10:00 until 14:00

Each year Startup Portsmouth organise a start-up community summit for people in the City considering starting their own business. At this free summit budding business owners can interact with each...

From Creative, Digital & Design.