KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need


The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from Digital Creative to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.


The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here


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£2.5m Frictionless Commerce competition — interview with Simon Hopkins

With final registration and application deadlines approaching for the Technology Strategy Board's £2.5m 'Frictionless Commerce' competition, I was recently able to catch up with CI KTN Associate, Simon Hopkins, who, from its outset, has been closely involved in putting the call together.

Given the unparalleled availability of good and services in the digital age, with consumers having unprecedented easy access to a vast array of digital content, services and products - I put it to Simon that, in light of these major developments, are we not at the same time also witnessing the emergence of a digital landscape of increased complexity from a transactional point of view?



In this second section of the interview Simon provides his take on what we actually mean by 'frictionless commerce', outlines some of the innovation barriers presently impacting how the content industries 'do business' within digital environments, and, in conclusion, highlights the kinds of businesses able to take advantage of this major funding opportunity.



The registration deadline for this competition is Noon, 13 November and the deadline for completed applications is Noon, 20 November. A complete overview of the competition and how to apply can be found here.

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