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 Defence Security 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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Business Rocks Breakfast Panel

Come and hear from Boston University Professor, MIT digital fellow and author of the book 'Platform Revolution' Marshall Van Alstyne to discuss ''Platform Design in the IoT and Big Data Analytics Era."

Marshall Van Alstyne will be joining us via dedicated video-conference from Boston on the 21st April, joined by a panel of senior industry experts, Angel Salazar (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Paul Lancaster (formerly at TechNorth) who will be present at Greenheys Business Centre to discuss how to build platforms and create value for users. 

Intended audiences are technology startup founders and investors developing and promoting digital platform businesses.

Key questions to be addressed in the breakfast panel are:

  • How do we build a platform that invites participation and creates value for all its users?

  • What are the key architectural components that promote interaction and value creation?

  • How is platform strategy different and why to platforms always beat products?

  • How could startup founders monetise their platform models?

  • How do you monetise a platform without destroying network effects?

  • How can we devise a pricing strategy that strengthens positive network effects?

  • To which users or what side of the platform do we charge fees, and which ones do we subsidise?

  • What smart metrics can we use to keep track of platform success at the launch, growth and maturity stages?

  • What are effective strategies to compete within platform markets?

  • How can we leverage the value of IoT and data as a source of competitive advantage?

Find out more and register here