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.

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Opportunities for UK companies in Germany

UKTI has identified 3 major opportunities in Germany for innovative technology companies. The corporations Audi, Bosch and TüV are all looking for innovative technology solutions from young and dynamic IT companies. These opportunties are open to everyone from start ups to larger companies. A summary of these opportunities is provided below, for further information please contact Frank Ambos at UKTI (frank.ambos@fco.gov.uk).

TüV Süd  

International service corporation focusing on consulting, testing, certification and training, 2bn revenue


TÜV SÜD is looking for partnerships, e.g. strategic investment, development collaboration, customer or supplier relationship, go-to-market partnership and licensing agreements, with companies that possess strong know how and deep insights in the industrial, infrastructure and transportation environment offering solutions and services in the following business areas:

·         Monitoring hardware and software solutions

·         Data processing and integration

·         Diagnostic and prognostic software and data analytics

·         Industrial IT Security and safety

Digital technologies to improve testing and inspection processes and methods

Deadline: 29 March


Car manufacturer, revenue 48bn


Audi Electronics Venture, a fully owned Audi subsidiary, is especially looking for enabling solutions, which allow to preprocess, filter and consolidate different sources of unstructured data into a well-defined and structured database:

·         Transforming unstructured information like car bus signals into valuable event based information

·         Building an abstraction layer between different content sources

·         Automatic pattern detection in unstructured data

·      Self-organizing as well as self-optimizing storage and handling of big data in order to reduce redundant information by taking shape and topology of data into account 

Submissions are open until 22nd March 2015

Robert Bosch

engineering and electronics company, revenue 46bn €


The Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH is looking forward to getting in touch with world-class technology ventures in the following technology areas:

·     Computer Vision / Machine Learning – Disruptive software and hardware (components, systems, novel architectures, solutions) that enable applications for autonomous systems, robotics, new generation mobile devices and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for cars and that radically reduce cost, power consumption and complexity of such systems.


·       Business Models for the Internet of Energy – Business models for an interconnected energy network supporting both the development of the future electric grid by using data communication to move electricity more efficiently, reliably and affordably and the development of the future Internet by using the electric grid to facilitate and speed up the communication amongst the various energy nodes and domains.

·       Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing – Business models, design methods and tool support for Additive Manufacturing and low cost and high precision metal and plastic printing including printers with high differentiation and 3D CAD Design model enrichment. In the material space especially fibre materials and printing methods with fibre enforcement, multimaterial and functional material printing as well as printing of organic and biological structures are of high interest.

Collaboration scenarios with the Bosch Group are ranging from strategic investments and development cooperation up to customer-supplier relationship building.

Interested start-ups can apply until 19th April 2015.

If you are interested in any of these opportunites please contact the UKTI Germany Trade Advisor Frank Ambos (frank.ambos@fco.gov.uk) who will be able to provide further information and details on submission


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