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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'Destination Local'– NESTA Hyperlocal Media Scotland Event, Edinburgh 11 April

NESTA, in partnership with the Technology Strategy Board and Creative Scotland, have launched a programme to identify the technologies, business models, content opportunities and challenges for a successful hyperlocal media sector in the UK.

Last week, two calls for applications were announced:

'Destination Local': A call led by NESTA for projects seeking seed funding of up to £50,000 to test the next generation of hyperlocal media services. 

  • Call opens: 29 March 2012
  • Hyperlocal Media Scotland event for potential applicants: 11 April 2012, Edinburgh: As part of their call, Nesta are looking for projects seeking seed funding to launch or grow existing hyperlocal media services in Scotland. They are especially looking for projects aimed at delivering online news or content services for a town, village, single postcode or other small, geographically defined community. This session will provide an opportunity for potential Scottish applicants to learn more about the programme and if they might want to apply. Speakers will include Jon Kingsbury (NESTA Programme Director for Creative Economy) and Shaun Milne (Editor, STV Local). Register for this free event here.
  • TAL12 Unconference event for potential applicants: 28 April 2012, Birmingham: An event hosted by Talk About Local and hosted by NESTA, at which 'Destination Local' will be discussed. Register here.
  • Project registration deadline: 11am 17 May 2012
  • Funding decisions made: 28 June 2012
  • 10 successful prototype services announced: 29 June 2012
  • Programme kick-off workshop: 11 July 2012. You will need to be available to attend this workshop, in London, if your proposal is successful.  

'Convergence in a Digital Landscape': A parallel TSB investment of up to £1.8m in feasibility projects that address the converged nature of the digital landscape. The programme will be delivered in three parts during 2012. Challenge 1 opens in April and is for technology-focused feasibility projects seeking grant funding of up to £56,250. 

Challenge 1 opens: 23 April 2012

Official TSB briefing event: 2 May 2012, London (details TBC)

Project registration deadline: noon 16 May 2012

Deadline for receiving applications: noon 23 May 2012

Successful challenge 1 projects must begin no later than 1 August 2012

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