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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Design Council Spark: a new kind of product innovation fund - up to £65K available

Have a great product prototype but not sure what to do next? Design Council Spark is a new kind of product innovation fund to uncover the UK's next great inventions. Apply now for a chance to win a place on this 20 week bespoke support program, as well as up to £65k investment to help bring your physical product prototype or idea to market.

Design Council Spark is a fund and accelerator that provides support and investment into product innovations which are primarily physical. It is looking to attract individuals/teams with revolutionary product ideas that offer brilliant solutions to everyday problems. 

The not-for profit programme is unique. Participants donate 5% of future sales revenue back into the fund, fuelling a movement of revolutionary products for the UK and beyond. The call for entries will last from 20 November 2014 to 31 January 2015. 

Timeline of Design Council social activity

  • 20 November: Spark has launched
  • From 21 November: Apply for Spark
  • From 4 December:  ‘All we want for Christmas: 12 Days of inspiring product design…’ 
  • From 5 January: Only 1 month left to apply for Spark
  • From 12 January: Advice for budding product designers
  • From 26 January: Final call for entries

Further details available here.



1 person has had something to say so far

Hi Emma,
Working with a group of university researchers I started to apply for this funding but they want everything, all the commercial details, with no protection for the inventor at all. Send me all your ideas and I'll tell you if we want to support you seems to be the position....then what? Your ideas are out in the public domain, pending patents are no longer valid.

I've seen these invitations come and go over years, far too many strings attached to attract the really great ideas from engineers and inventors like myself.
Posted on 19/01/15 17:44.

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