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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Up to £180K for 'Digital Innovation in the Sharing Economy'

Innovate UK is offering 6 businesses up to £30,000 (excluding VAT) each to encourage innovation in the sharing economy, across the themes of trust, tourism and travel, opening up new sectors, home improvement, construction, and data and analytics.

"Through our IC tomorrow programme, we are looking for proposals from companies with innovative digital ideas relevant to the sharing economy. The companies will not only benefit from funding, but also have the opportunity to collaborate with commercial partners to accelerate development of their technologies.

We want to see digital solutions with potential appeal to a wide commercial market. Successful applicants will be expected to trial their proposed solutions with their industry partners for at least 3 months.

The challenges

We are looking for innovative solutions to address one of our 6 contest challenges within the themes of trust, tourism and travel, opening up new sectors, home improvement, construction, and data and analytics. The solutions should explore ways of stimulating growth in digital innovation in the sharing economy.'

Challenge 1

Trust in the sharing economy

Partner: Sharing Economy UK

Challenge 2

Next-generation tourism and travel in the sharing economy

Partner: Airbnb

Challenge 3

New sectors for the sharing economy

Partner: Nesta

Challenge 4

Sharing innovation in home improvement

Partner: Kingfisher (owner of brands such as B&Q and Castorama)

Challenge 5

Sustainable construction

Partner: Crossrail

Challenge 6

Data and analytics for sharing economy cities

Partners: Peterborough City Council and Cranfield University


See the competition brief for full details. 


NOTE: Standard guidance rules do not apply to this competition, please refer to specific guidance.


Key dates


Contest opens

Monday 7 March 2016

Briefing event

Wednesday 16 March 2016 – London

Submission deadline

noon Tuesday 12 April 2016

Finalists notified

Friday 6 May 2016

Practice pitch sessions held in London

Tuesday 10 May 2016 – for all finalists

Monday 16 May 2016 – one-to-one sessions

Tuesday 17 May 2016 – one-to-one sessions

Final panel session

Thursday 26 May 2016

Winners announced

Friday 3 June 2016

Trials launched

Spring 2017


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