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 Energy 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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The Energy Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (EnergyYES 2014): future energy experts and leaders competition

The Energy Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) is an annual business plan competition designed to raise awareness of commercialisation amongst postgraduate energy researchers. YES was developed and is delivered by a partnership between The Network of Energy Doctoral Training Centres and The Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Energy YES is the first event of its kind specifically for the energy community. It offers participants a great opportunity to hone their business skills and the chance to compete for a cash prize. Participants are challenged to prepare a mock business plan to commercialise an idea and present it to a group of would-be investors. This all happens at a residential workshop packed with presentations and activities to help them really get to grips with commercialisation and entrepreneurship.

The presentations from leading business and industry figures cover a range of topics around commercialisation and technology transfer, including:

• Requirements of a business plan
• Intellectual property and patenting strategy
• Raising and managing finance
• Commercial and marketing strategies
• Real-life case studies from entrepreneurs

Postgraduate students at any University can enter the competition. You can register as part of a team or as an individual and we will match you up with colleagues to form a team. Once registered you will be sent an application form to complete.

Energy YES 2014 is sponsored by Alstom and will take place in the Midlands from 20 to 23 May 2014. Registration and Participation is completely free (note: accommodation costs may need to be covered by your institution).

For more information please go here

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