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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Making Meta Data and Tools Real (Videos)

Over the last two years we have frequently used the terms meta data, convergence and digital tools to describe our strategic priorities and related opportunities for innovation across the Creative Industries. The exciting aspect of the afternoon session was that these dry terms were brought alive by five great case studies.

With Raymond Le Gue providing the keynote (Director of the BBCs Digital Media Initiative) followed by Stephen Dunn (Head of Technology at Guardian News and Media following up - we had direct insights into how large corporate organisations are adapting these new digital possibilities to drive innovation forward. How they are creating new ways of collaborating and engaging – both within the organisation and critically with external clients and consumers of content. 

The perspective of the large organisations was complemented by presentations from Mark Rock (Audioboo), Victor Henning, (Mendeley) and Michaeol Kohn (Sticky World). All of which demonstrated how small start up companies are capturing the opportunities created by new was in generating and sharing content.

A number of exciting concepts are being explored through these initiatives – permeability – reflecting the increased flow of ideas content and engagement across historical silos and corporate barriers. This as a new way of engaging, consuming, shaping and using content and critically innovating.

The second related theme ...being open source – IP  that is made openly available to the wider public. The placing of open source at the heart of innovation strategies provides a further insight into the impact of technology on wider assumptions about how innovation works in practice with new possibilities for collaboration regardless of scale, spatial separation or traditional corporate borders.

All the speakers illustrated how technology can be creatively used to generate new services and possibly more importantly – new ways of collaborating and innovating.

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