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

« go back

Care and Wellbeing Fund Opens to Social Enterprises in the UK

Care and Wellbeing Fund Opens to Social Enterprises in the UK

The £12 million investment fund focuses on community-based provision, integrated health and social care services, and prevention and wellbeing approaches. It is looking to invest in ventures that are structured as social enterprises – either as CICs or limited companies - and that tackle the challenges faced by those with long-term health conditions.

Up to 30% of the Fund can be invested directly into social enterprises, supporting them to grow their delivery platforms and scale their impact. The Fund will tailor the structure of its investments to fit the needs of each organisation and can consider both equity and debt (secured or unsecured).

Social enterprises will have access to:

  - Analytical support to develop a fully costed and evidence-based model.
  - Financial investment to support development and growth.
  - Business advisory support and mentoring.

The Fund is looking to invest in projects that meet the following criteria:

  - Community focus - community based health and social care services, from prevention to clinical services.
  - Link to cancer - projects supporting people affected by cancer or generating learning that can benefit people affected by cancer.
  - Financial criteria - Projects of between £500,000 and £2.4 million with the potential to repay capital with a financial surplus.

Projects must meet at least three of the Fund's target social impact outcomes, including at least one from each of the following groups:

  - Direct impact: 
     - Improved health and wellbeing.
     - Reduced health and economic inequalities.
     - Greater independence and dignity.
     - Co-created with service users.
  - Indirect impact: 
     - Replicable approach.
     - Building capacity of local health and social care system.
     - Improving financial sustainability of health and social care.

Discussions can be held at any time. There is no formal application process or set funding rounds.

Find out more here