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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Member in the Spotlight: Science City York – Supporting Innovation Europe-wide

Thanks to Heather Niven, Network Manager - Creative York at Science City York for submitting the following post.


For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with SCY, allow me to introduce us…

Through SCY’s technology and innovation activities, we are transforming the economy in and around Yorkshire.

As the leading innovation asset in the Leeds City Region, over the last three years, SCY has secured more than £23 million investment for York’s knowledge and technology base, and for thirteen years, SCY has successfully been the focus and vehicle for enabling a new innovative, knowledge and technology-led economy. SCY delivers a suite of activities to innovate and sustain businesses:


- Bringing world-class research together with industry

- Facilitating growth and innovation in bio-renewables & new environmental   


- Managing technology-driven specialist business networks: Bioscience York,

  Creative York and IT & Digital York. These networks contain over 1000

  Yorkshire SME's

- Delivering tailored business mentoring and innovation management

- Facilitating both Open Innovation for public sector organisations and SME's

- Securing major capital investment in support of a leading knowledge


- Connecting the wider community with the benefits of living and working in

  a leading cityof creativity, science and technology.


After having been shortlisted as one of the top ‘Creative Councils applicants’ in the UK (in the top 17 out of 137 applicants) through the NESTA Creative Councils project, York is ready to embark on a transformational journey to position our City Council as a dynamic and innovation-ready team, capable of exploiting future opportunities easily and successfully, to encourage future development, capacity-building and growth, both internally and externally.


SCY are excited to be partnering with the City Council to deliver this vision and new open model of working, the results of which we hope to roll out nationally over the next few years.


This is one example of SCY’S innovation working.  Other projects we are embarking on this year include an exciting Open Innovation accelerator programme at York St John University, combining ‘wicked problems,’ creative thinking and 3D reprographic toys to look at innovative ways of developing products and processes across the city.  We hope to ultimately build a ‘Fablab’ into the project to enhance our Open Innovation offer even more.


We would very much like to share the process with you and intend to keep a diary blog of all of our Open Innovation activities, which we will post here as we go through the programme.


We look forward to sharing our successes and challenges with you over the next year.


If you would like to get in touch please contact me:  Heather.Niven@scy.co.uk



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