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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In the Spotlight: Wishbomb.com – Building the Team

Wishbomb.com LogoLike many of you, I’m one of those founders who kind of stumbled into the digital world and got quickly hooked.


The immediacy of having your creation reach people in an instant and potentially enrich their life, or at the least allow them to idly pass the time at work, is a business buzz that can’t be matched.


But behind the elevator pitch lies a thousand different roles for your typical founder.  At the moment I’m writing a marketing strategy, liaising with my coder and my customers, doing an Open Uni course in terribly techie stuff, working up a business plan and am Photoshopping mock-ups late into the night.  All of which, perversely, I love.


Here's www.wishbomb.com in a nutshell: Our site empowers anyone to enter any personal goal, chart their progress, create to-do lists and invite friends and family to become their 'Supporters'.  Then - vitally - it matches their goal to relevant books/products/videos or articles.  Why trawl the internet for info on your diet when Wishbomb can do it for you?


Wishbomb is winning bursaries, was lucky enough to win the ICTomorrow Digital Innovation contest and now has early-stage interest from investors.  Not too shabby.  But this alone isn’t enough.  At some point, once you’ve proved that your idea has legs, you realise that it’s time to bring in extra hands.  And that’s exactly where I’m at with Wishbomb.com.


I don’t fool myself that this one-man band can turn Wishbomb.com into the goal-setting super site I intend it to be. No, it’s my job as Founder to find the best of the best talent to join me.


So how should I go about this?  Well, if you’re like me, you take a deep breath and try to get out there and meet as many people ‘in’ the industry as possible.  Swallow your nerves and rub shoulders with fellow founders, entrepreneurs, mentors and… well, I’d like to say developers.  But I can’t.  Well, not those brilliant Lead Developer/CTO type of chaps and chappesses anyway.  London (and the UK) has incredibly talented developers, designers and all manner of digital delights, but getting to meet them has been a big problem for me to overcome. 


You see the biggest hurdle I’ve found so far is the fact that the best developers are already snapped up by cash-rich start-ups and more established businesses.  And good on them for bagging them.  But for those of us left hankering for a big fat dollop of techie talent to join our teams, we’ve got to do it the hard way and network our way to success.  Lengthy, yes… but most definitely worth it, I hope.


So, to all my fellow founders, I thought it might be useful if I shared a few of the places and resources I’ve heard are good for finding tech-talent:



If you’ve found somewhere I’ve missed - let me know!  And if you’re an incredible coder with an eye on a CTO role (or know one)… then GET IN TOUCH!  Wishbomb.com needs you!


Happy hunting!




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