Join networks, make connections; discover what effective knowledge transfer and open innovation can do for your business.
Please note: From August we will be closing our _connect networking groups. This will not affect your funding application(s).

"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


HealthTech and Medicines

Building a Healthy Nation through Business Innovation


Biosciences

Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors


Materials

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


Robotics and Autonomous Systems

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


Quantum Technologies

Building a £Billion business in Quantum Technology


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


ICT

Creating a competitive advantage for the UK by facilitating knowledge exchange on Information and Communications Technologies and accelerating innovation.


Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

To be a beacon for successful wealth creation from knowledge.


Defence and Security

Seeking both to improve the flow of knowledge between the UK’s civil and defence and security communities and to identify new opportunities for technology exploitation


New Events

Tue 21 Mar 2017

Joining of Composites

09:30 until 16:30

Much of the research effort in composites in recent years has focused on their manufacture - to...

From Materials

Mon 05 Dec 2016

UK Workshop on Data Metrology & Standards

10:00 until 16:00

This is a one-day workshop being held at the University of Cambridge, designed to identify UK...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Wed 08 Mar 2017

45th Intelligent Sensing Program – Wearables for Diagnostics

09:30 until 16:00

Introduction Key market needs in the monitoring of healthcare and wellbeing are being addressed...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Thu 12 Jan 2017

Workshop for Offshore Wind Sensors Technology Demonstration Opportunity

10:00 until 16:00

Workshop and competition for innovative sensor technology SMEs to gain demonstration access to...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Wed 07 Dec 2016

JSaRC Challenge Briefing Event

14:00 until 16:30

ADS, as Secretariat to RISC is inviting suppliers to attend a briefing from the Joint Security...

From Forensic Science

Upcoming Events

Wed 18 Jan 2017

5th Central European Biomass Conference

All Day

The Austrian Biomass Association, the Styrian Chamber for Agriculture and Forestry and Bioenergy 2020+ GmbH in co-operation with Messe Graz, are presenting the 5th Central European Biomass...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Wed 18 Jan 2017

Be part of the Agri-Food revolution

Jan 18 / 09:00 until Jan 20 / 17:00

We are excited to be running our inaugural Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum taking place from 18-20 January 2017 and would invite you to come along - register by 31 October and you can take...

From Biosciences

Tue 24 Jan 2017

HVCfP Workshop on the Nagoya Protocol & Access & Benefit Sharing

All Day

The HVCfP Network will hold a one-day workshop in London on 24th January 2017 aimed at providing delegates with a practical understanding of how to undertake and commercialise R&D using plant...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Tue 24 Jan 2017

HVCfP Workshop on the Nagoya Protocol and Access & Benefit Sharing

All Day

The HVCfP Network will hold a one-day workshop in London on 24th January 2017 aimed at providing delegates with a practical understanding of how to undertake and commercialise R&D using plant...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Wed 25 Jan 2017

Innovate UK at the Rushlight Show 2017

All Day

The Energy Catalyst is a competition run twice-yearly and co-funded by Innovate UK, Research Councils and Government Departments to help UK businesses to grow and accelerate commercialisation of...

From Innovate UK Network

Wed 25 Jan 2017

Rushlight Show

All Day

The Rushlight Show 2017 takes place on Wednesday 25 January 2017 at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in the heart of London.The Show is now in its 8thyear, it has Innovate UK as the lead...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Thu 26 Jan 2017

Delivering the new childhood obesity strategy

09:00 until 17:00

Delivering the new childhood obesity strategy - implementation, voluntary agreements and sugar reduction Bringing together stakeholders and policymakers, this seminar will provide an opportunity to...

From Biosciences

Thu 26 Jan 2017

IBioIC’s 3rd Annual Conference – Delivering Impact

Jan 26 / 09:00 until Jan 27 / 17:00

Now in its third year, IBioIC's annual conference returns for 2017 and is fast becoming the main 'go to' event for the biotech industry in Scotland. Attracting over 400 hundred bio-based...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Thu 26 Jan 2017

IBioIC’s 3rd Annual Conference – Delivering Impact

Jan 26 / 09:00 until Jan 27 / 17:00

Now in its third year, IBioIC's annual conference returns for 2017 and is fast becoming the main 'go to' event for the biotech industry in Scotland. Attracting over 400 hundred bio-based...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Mon 30 Jan 2017

Mathematics for Measurement

Jan 30 / 09:00 until Feb 02 / 17:00

Organisers Name Institution Forbes, Alistair National Physical Laboratory Higham, Des University of Strathclyde Ramage, Alison University of Strathclyde Within the overarching theme of...

From Industrial Mathematics