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 Electronics, Sensors, Photonics 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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CleanTech Challenge 2014

The CleanTech Challenge is a business plan competition that helps students from across the globe form teams and develop their clean technology business ideas through a 3-stage competition that runs from November through to April. Participants receive guidance, feedback and mentorship from industry professionals throughout the Challenge. Ten finalist teams then compete in live "Boot Camp" finals in London for £10,000 in cash.


London Business School (LBS) and University College London (UCL) have hosted the Challenge since 2009 when it was set up by Tim Barnes of UCL and Dr Jeff Skinner of LBS.


CleanTech represents a diverse range of products, services, and processes, including but extending well beyond renewable energy. They define it as "any business that has a significant and positive environmental impact." This includes business ideas that reduce:

  • CO2 emissions
  • Air, water or food pollution
  • Destruction or consumption of natural resources
  • Energy consumption


Example sectors include:

  • Renewable energy
  • Waste and water management
  • Energy demand
  • Materials


The 2014 CleanTech Challenge will kick off with a networking event in November 2013. Submission of Phase 1 initial ideas will be available from early 2014. Sign up to their newsletter for updates.


In the meantime, take a look at the competition outline, judging criteria and rules to check that you are eligible and for further information. If you have any questions, do please feel free to contact them.

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