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

HealthTech and Medicines

Building a Healthy Nation through Business Innovation


Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors


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


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


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

Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Helping UK enterprises large & small to innovate and compete globally, based on sustainability & resource efficiency drivers and opportunities.

New Events

Thu 23 Jun 2016

Soft Landings bridging the performance gap

09:00 until 17:00

Soft Landings is a BSRIA-led process that helps to solve the performance gap between design...

From Built Environment KTN

Mon 26 Sep 2016

PSCO-2016 2nd International Conference....

All Day

This year the event will be held in Genova, Italy from 26th – 28th September 2016. The...

From SuperSolar Hub

Fri 24 Jun 2016

SpaceTech 2016 Technology Transfer Brokerage Event

All Day

This 5th edition of SpaceTech is organised by the Science & Technology Facilities Council in...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Fri 03 Jun 2016

Save the date: Webinar on standards in non-animal technologies

10:00 until 11:00

Following the successful Non-Animal Technologies (NATs) cohort meeting: ‘Standards in non-animal...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Thu 09 Jun 2016

Manufacturing & Materials Competition Briefing - Northern Ireland

09:30 until 16:30

Innovate UK Manufacturing and Materials Competition - Round 1 (May 2016) The aim of this...

From Materials

Upcoming Events

Mon 30 May 2016

Advances in Cell & Tissue Culture conference

All Day

Hosted by Kirkstall Ltd, this conference in advances in Cell & Tissue Culture and the 8th Annual Quasi Vivo User Group Meeting will take place in Barcelona. ACTC 2016 is a forum for leading...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Mon 30 May 2016

CIB World Building Congress 2016 Intelligent built environment for life

All Day

The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) together with the Finnish Association of Civil Engineers (RIL) and the Tampere University of Technology...

From Built Environment KTN

Mon 30 May 2016

European Space Solutions

All Day

Under the auspices of the 2016 Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU, the fourth edition of European Space Solutions is coming to The Hague. Taking place at the World Forum Convention Centre...

From Space

Mon 30 May 2016

Advances in Cell & Tissue Culture

May 30 / 09:00 until Jun 01 / 17:00

Advances in Cell & Tissue Culture And the 8th Annual Quasi Vivo® User Group Meeting 30th May– 1 st June 2016 Hotel SB Plaza Europa, Barcelona, Spain ACTC 2016 is a forum for leading researchers to...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Mon 30 May 2016

Advances in Cell and Tissue Culture 2016

May 30 / 09:00 until Jun 01 / 17:00

The ACTC 2016 conference aims to create an interdisciplinary forum of scientists who meet each year in a unique atmosphere for discussions and exchange of knowledge. The objective of the meeting is...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Mon 30 May 2016

Geometric Rigidity Theory and Applications

May 30 / 09:00 until Jun 03 / 17:00

Geometric Rigidity Theory is concerned with the study of bar-joint frameworks and related constraint systems of geometric objects. The area can be traced back to classical work of Euler, Cauchy and...

From Industrial Mathematics

Wed 01 Jun 2016

13th International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association

All Day

Wesseling near Cologne, Germany The industrial hemp business is growing every year. The strong fibres are used for insulation materials and biocomposites, mainly in automotive interiors. Hemp food...

From Materials

Wed 01 Jun 2016

European Graphene Forum 2016

All Day

The European Graphene Forum, now in its 2nd year, will take place together with NanoTech France. The conference is focused on graphene technologies, and other 2D materials beyond graphene. ...

From Graphene Special Interest Group

Wed 01 Jun 2016

ILA Business Days 2016 - Berlin

All Day

Building upon the big success of its first edition in 2014, ILA Business Days will be continued at ILA Berlin Air Show 2016. With more than 270 participants from 32 countries, the Business Days...

From Transport

Wed 01 Jun 2016

RSC Symposium 2016: Survival in the Speciality Chemicals Industry

All Day

Sustainability and Process Intensification This two day no-fee symposium organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry will be held in conjunction with the 2016 Chemspec Europe and Chemsource...

From Chemistry