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.

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'Destination Local', London Event – Round Up by Alec Robertson

Last Week's CIKTN London event - 'Destination Local' brought in hopeful creatives to hear about the new Funding Competitions offered by the UK Government's TSB (Technology Strategy Board) and NESTA in its new form as a Charity.


The eclectic afternoon was introduced by CIKTN Director - Frank Boyd. Some case studies were covered to inspire, including Google's 'Augmented Reality' spectacles - Project Glass, providing local information as you walk, along with a YouTube parody on it. Well done Frank for some tech irreverence. He remarked at one point about trying to move, as Frank put it, the 'glacial' TSB towards a more creative industries ethos.


TSB's creative industries lead technologist, Dr Jeremy Silver, took this light- hearted remark in good spirit adding TSB Competitions use public funds so they need rigorous documentation, yet stressed he is open to the SWATU method - Something Will Always Turn Up - if creatives are allowed latitude to innovate. He hopes 'big ideas' focusing on use of new technology will be submitted to the TSB Competitions.


Jon Kingsbury's introduction for NESTA stressed a more 'service and content' emphasis, where social innovation is looked for with economic benefits. NESTA awards 100% funding to bright ideas and this was received very well by the audience. About ten projects of £50K will be supported and these can be led by a variety of organisation types.


Matthew Brown, a Lead Technologist at TSB, then talked on cross media platforms enabling technologies for hyper local media, and also covered the nitty gritty of the application process; a dry topic but essential for getting hold of £50K or 75% of total costs that must not exceed £75,000. Funding support is available for industry led consortia.


Both TSB and NESTA are looking for ideas that will make a difference to 'local' innovation, where technology and people mix well with sustainable prospects for future business.  A 'design' focus would be good to see in winners. They hope for more applications outside the M25 than usual so if you are in Hereford go for it!


Overall, the audience fizzed with networking and consortia partner dating, challenging Q&A's and one-to-one sessions with advisers. The portfolio of Competitions seems a winning formulae for all.


Creatives should think seriously about submitting, even though the deadlines may well be far too close for many. But this could be good for those who can get their act together in time.


Alec Robertson 4D-Dynamics.net: Alec's new business cards have on them 'Design Futures Philosopher' after a career as a design academic at De Montfort University. He is now an independent consultant and he is External Examiner for the Suite of MSc/MA Digital Media courses at Kingston University. Alec offers help in joining-the-dots for trans-disciplinary projects with a particular focus on what he calls 4D Design - adding value with cultural and technological dynamics to products, systems and services. He will join in out-of-the-box project teams with Earl Grey tea and chocolate biscuits.

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