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 take part in ‘Digital Health Speed Networking’ event

The Knowledge Transfer Network is hosting an exclusive event that will bring industry leaders together with high-growth potential entrepreneurs offering innovative digital solutions that use personal data to transform healthcare. 




This ‘Digital meets Health' networking session will open doors to larger brands who are looking to the digital community to implement agile innovation. The session will showcase companies developing disruptive data capture technologies, innovative data-driven applications and visualisation techniques, and new ways of sharing personal data.


The event will take place 5:30-8:30pm on Wednesday 20th July in Central London. Up to 16 of the most innovative companies to apply to attend will be invited to meet with established industry brands, for an evening of facilitated networking.


Confirmed participants currently include: 


Axa PPP Healthcare: There are stories in the press everyday about the ageing population; the lack of resources to support older people and hospital beds being “blocked” by people who are clinically discharged but unable to leave because of the lack of services to support them – be that in their own homes or in a residential setting. The private medical insurance provider is looking at innovative solutions to support both health and social care needs to enable people to live safe and happy lives with less reliance on the hospital environment.


Merck Sharp & Dohme: The healthcare organisation is interested in re-imagining healthcare through the eyes of start-ups to help look beyond pharmaceuticals to holistically improve patient care.


GlaxoSmithKline: The British pharmaceutical company are particularly interested in technologies to enable monitoring of patients outside the clinic during clinical trials.


AstraZeneka: The global biopharmaceutical company is looking to optimise outcomes for patients through the use of digital health tools working in combination with their drug product portfolio. They are particularly interested in a number of technology types including: digital systems to ensure medicines compliance, non-invasive technologies to measure patient parameters and digital systems to analyse the data that these systems generate, and systems to enable the use of patient information to efficiently deliver treatment and care.


Bupa: It is a transformative period of time for healthcare:  patients’ needs are changing as digital technology becomes more prevalent, and customer purchasing habits are becoming more geared towards ‘immediate value’.  The future of healthcare needs to be designed for everyone, taking into account diversity in needs, cultural backgrounds, motivations and behaviours. ‘One size fits all’ will not work in healthcare.  It is this increased demand that is leading Bupa to focus on the creation of person-centred digital products and services worldwide.


Johnson & Johnson: Johnson & Johnson is interested in sensors and wearables bringing a new dimension in data capture machine learning, algorithms and analytics leading to messaging & coaching about health in general. They are also looking for any clearly differentiated technology to help patients with a chronic or degenerative condition.


Ogilvy Healthworld – Ogilvy Healthworld exist for the single purpose of opening minds to better health, forging partnerships and ensuring a culture of forward facing communication. They are specifically interested in ideas and technologies which could enhance better patient and health care personal communication through varied designed communication programs and channels.


Event format

The event format has been designed to connect entrepreneurs with potential clients and collaborators through a series of rapid ‘speed dating' style sessions, which may lead on to successful commercial relationships. Digital innovator attendees will rotate around the room with strictly five minutes within which to have a one-to-one conversation or pitch to each industry representative. There will be refreshments throughout the evening.

How to Apply

If you are a digital company and would like to be considered for this opportunity, please fill out our short online application form by 12 noon Tuesday 5th July.  If you are an established brand and would like to attend as an industry partner, Astrid Ayel will advise on availability and potential opportunities for future involvement in the speed networking event series.






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