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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Apply now to Sheffield Smart Lab

Sheffield Smart Lab (SSL) invites entrepreneurs and start-ups to develop and demonstrate their pioneering solutions helping promote Sheffield as a city of innovation.
Working together, Sheffield City Council, Ferrovial Services and Amey are keen to position Sheffield as the place to go for urban innovation.
If you’re an entrepreneur or start-up business then your help is requested in addressing two key challenges in Sheffield – energising the city centre and supporting people to live independently.
Sheffield Smart Lab offers the opportunity to think differently about problem-solving in Sheffield, by helping find creative, solution-focused ideas. Sheffield will become a testbed for up to 10 exciting new innovations, exposing the city to new ideas, and giving innovators the opportunity to test their products in a real life situation.
How to apply
Select the challenge to which you wish to submit your application and click on the button submit on the home page or in the challenge page. SSL have prepared a Submission Manual to help you submit your application and as well as Submission Template to work offline.
Winners will be invited to Sheffield to take part in a dynamic incubation and acceleration programme to develop their solution and business case using Sheffield and its experts as a specific test bed. Suitably mature solutions will pilot in Sheffield and present the pilots at a Demo Day attended by potential customers and investors.
Submission deadline - 30 September
Further details about Process/ Key Dates and Evaluation Criteria available here.
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