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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Digital Business Innovation Centres Digi Bic - New FP7

Last week I attended the kick off workshop for the Digital BIC project in Brussels as Advisory Board chair.    This 30 month project co-ordinated by the European and Business Innovation Centre Network (EBN http://www.ebn.be) aims to  ensure  that research outcomes and IP generated from a portfolio of FP7 Digital RD projects gets to market- specifically via the Creative Industries who can adapt the technology to a range of new products and services.

The project is recognition at the European level of the key role that the Creative Industries now play in driving the digital economy forward. In shaping and getting new technology to market in the form of innovative products, services and perhaps most importantly user experiences. It also reflects a shared set of challenges and opportunities across The EU around how best to engage a range of CI sectors and SMEs in the commercialisation of research outcomes.

The extent to which we need to develop new languages and engaging with SMEs is at the heart of the Digi Bic project. Supporting and stimulating”spin ins” is  as important in this regard as “spin outs” and in this regard the ability to translate the business and investment opportunities around new technologies is at the centre of  the challenge.

At its heart, the project involves a mix of leaders in research, innovation, industry and finance from across Europe. This mix will provide  a great mix of partners and perspective to explore how best to get the CIs involved. The project is not formally launched yet but we will keep members linked in to developments as the project unfolds.

Jeremy Davenport

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