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

Fri 04 Sep 2015

Legends of Gaming Live

All Day

BE PART OF THE NEXT-GENERATION OF GAMING EVENTS Brought to you by multi award winning organiser Upper Street Events and Endemol Shine, Legends of Gaming Live will take over the whole of London’s...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 04 Sep 2015


All Day

Come along to our monthly drinks and networking evening exclusively for TechHub Members. Grab a drink and a slice of pizza then... Get together, meet each other, exchange ideas and contacts and...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 04 Sep 2015


All Day

World-renowned typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner Alan Kitching (RDI AGI Hon FRCA), will teach a hands-on two day course exploring the details and fundamentals of typography. The...

From Design

Fri 04 Sep 2015

Northern Robotics Network Event Showcase

09:00 until 16:30

The Northern Robotics Network is pleased to announce that it will be showcasing Northern, UK & International Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Capabilities, Challenges and Opportunities at...

From Northern Robotics Network

Fri 04 Sep 2015

The Future of Healthcare Provision in Cities

09:00 until 17:00

London – 4th September 2015 An informal meeting with leading experts in healthcare provision as part of a programme of health engagement for the Foresight Project on the Future of Cities. The...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Fri 04 Sep 2015

Digital Catapult Coffee Morning

09:30 until 11:00

The Digital Catapult Coffee Morning is here to help you understand more about the Digital Catapult and ways in which you can work with us.

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 04 Sep 2015

Personal Data & Trust - Distributed Ledger Technologies Event

10:00 until 15:00

It is hard to avoid the word Blockchain at the moment but what is Blockchain and why does it matter? Blockchain is an example of distributed ledger technology; it is at the core of the popular...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 04 Sep 2015

UK ERIC Information Session

10:30 until 14:30

**This event has been postponed. We will update this page when a new date is chosen.**

From Horizon 2020

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