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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Creative Challenge: get involved in UCA's entrepreneurial collaborations

Now in its 7th year, the Creative Challenge provides entrepreneurial support and workshops to all University for the Creative Arts (UCA) students.

The Creative Challenge has grown from strength to strength. Engaging with hundreds of students, academics and creative industry businesses from across all creative disciplines, it is a platform that enables students to take centre stage – highlighting and celebrating the talent of tomorrow. 

This year’s Challenge has got off to a great start with over 15 ideas workshops reaching just under 1,000 UCA students! But how can companies get involved, and what's in it for you?

Assessing the students' innovative ideas will take place on half days between 24th & 31st Jan 2012 and/or 20th-30th March 2012. If you become an Assessor, it'll raise your profile as an industry expert.

Mentoring is an effective way of developing your own skills as a role model, as a guide, as a provider of learning experiences, as a reflector, as a planner, as an inspiration. Mentors are required for the top 10 finalists who can offer half a day, over the phone or 1-2-1 on-campus mentoring, in April 2012.

Offering a work placement opportunity (usually during the summer for a minimum of 2 weeks). Creative Challenge students are always enthusiastic and committed to your business. Many businesses have found that providing a placement opportunity for one of our students has brought them a range of benefits – even finding the right candidate for their team!

Becoming a financial sponsor of a student (£1,000 investment) or for up to 100 students, sponsor a course aligned with your business (£10,000). Sponsoring the Creative Challenge with a financial contribution will ensure that your business stands out as a leader within the creative industries in the South East. This is a high-profile, industry-led programme acknowledged by business, academia and the regional public sector bodies alike. It’s a place where influential and innovative partnerships and networks are created and strengthened. As a sponsor, you’ll be at the forefront of UCA’s region-wide PR and marketing of the programme.

Overall, the benefits of getting involved are manifold, here’s just a few:

  • Save recruitment costs – you may meet your ideal candidate when you get involved with the Creative Challenge.
  • Foster a lasting brand association with UCA – regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Be included in their press coverage and Creative Challenge communications and on our website.
  • Become a flagship business raising the skills level of new entrants to the industry.
  • Bring your brand and business to the attention of 6,500 creative students, connected tutors and course leaders.
  • Maximise the networking opportunities between your business and creative academics.
  • Attend the prestigious Creative Challenge Awards Ceremony in May 2012 at the Kensington Roof Gardens to celebrate the success of the Creative Challenge finalists and maximise a great networking opportunity.
  • Connect with new contacts through the Creative Challenge community growing on LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • Develop your dynamic creative industries network between businesses, and between higher education and business.
  • Work with exceptional creative talent.
  • Corporate social responsibility: give something back, and pass on your skills.

For more information, visit the Creative Challenge website, or to get involved as an assessor, mentor or to offer a work placement or sponsorship, please contact creativechallenge@ucreative.ac.uk

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