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


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.


Driving Innovation and Value for the chemistry-using industries

New Events

Thu 19 May 2016

the future of medicine - the role of doctors in 2025

09:00 until 17:00

the future of medicine - the role of doctors in 2025 19th May Royal Society of Medicine 1 Wimpole...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 02 Jun 2016

Cooperation Fair - Esher

All Day

The Interreg 2 Seas Programme is organising its Cooperation Fair! This free networking event aims...

From Vessel Efficiency

Thu 26 May 2016

Faster, Safer, Better Boarding and Alighting Briefing Day

09:00 until 17:00

RSSB (via Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA)) is making up to £500,000 available for...

From Accelerating Innovation in Rail

Wed 22 Jun 2016

3G (Genetics and Genomics for the Third Generation) Conference

09:00 until 17:00

3G (Genetics and Genomics for the Third Generation) Conference 22/06/2016 Cardiff A conference...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Tue 28 Jun 2016

Smart Urban Transport Policy Futures 2016

All Day

This year's workshop seeks to investigate transport innovation, both across motorised and active...

From Intelligent Mobility

Upcoming Events

Tue 03 May 2016

2nd workshop on access to finance for the space industry

09:00 until 17:30

The Commission is organising a second workshop dedicated to Access to Finance for European space industry on 3 May 2016, from 9:00 to 17:30. It will be hosted in DG GROW premises (DG GROW...

From Space

Tue 03 May 2016


09:30 until 14:30

LAUNCH: BAMB STAKEHOLDER NETWORK CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT The EU funded BAMB project brings 16 parties throughout Europe together for one mission – enabling a systemic shift in the...

From Built Environment KTN

Wed 04 May 2016

All Energy 2016

All Day

The UK's premier event for renewable energy and sustainable technologies All-Energy is the UK’s largest renewable energy event, taking place on 4th & 5th May in Glasgow, it allows the entire...

From Energy at KTN

Wed 04 May 2016

Engage with Science: Boost Business

All Day

The University of Strathclyde will be hosting a full day event on Wednesday 4th May to promote opportunities for collaboration between the Faculty of Science and external businesses and...

From Chemistry

Wed 04 May 2016

Innovate UK and DECC Innovation Showcase

All Day

All-Energy is held in Glasgow annually. In its 15th year, it has firmly established itself as the UK's leading renewable energy exhibition and conference. Each edition, All-Energy brings together...

From Energy Efficiency

Wed 04 May 2016


May 04 / 09:00 until May 05 / 17:00

The UK’s first cross-sector event bringing together academia, healthcare, government, the physical activity sector and performance experts to focus on an increasingly important and complex societal...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Wed 04 May 2016

Tech Startups and New Ideas Night

09:00 until 21:30

Main discussions of the night: 1) Challenges facing start-ups and right stuff that must be done on time; 2) Opportunity for up to 5 minutes speaking for 9 businesses. Please email to...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 04 May 2016

Game Design Workshop - Data Digging and Corporate Watching

09:30 until 16:00

Researching up’ or investigating government and corporate practices is often riddled with obstacles. In place of interview answers, come streams of PR sound bytes and ‘no comment’ replies. With...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 04 May 2016

Digital Accelerator Selection Event

10:00 until 12:00

STARTS MAY 4TH 2016 - REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND Did you know that Brighton’s digital economy is one of the fastest growing and well paid in the whole of the UK????!!! Want to be a part of that by...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 04 May 2016

New Dimensions- Earth Observation & Spatial Data for Business

10:00 until 15:45

This event, organised jointly by Aberystwyth University and the Satellite Applications Catapult, will provide useful facts on the latest Earth Observation and spatial data (including satellite...

From Space