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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Digital Refer: A Collection of Funders / Accelerators relevant to digital health and care

Last year was a record for equity investment in the UK’s high-growth companies, with £4.9 Billion invested in startups and scale-ups in 2015. The European Digital City Index ranks London the best city in Europe for supporting start-ups and Mayor Sadiq Khan announced at the DebateTech earlier this year that he wants “to make London number one for digital… and over take New York and Silicon Valley”.

And yet, despite this, being an entrepreneur looking for R&D support and funding in the UK can still be challenging – especially in the digital, creative and design sectors. There are plenty of organisations that provide support and investment but you still need to find those that best meet your specific needs.

To help you identify the right opportunities and to put to good use our network and expertise, we have developed Digital Refer - an online directory of more than 230 organisations that provide private investment and support to the digital, design and creative business community. These range from accelerator programmes, business incubators and start-up studios to angel investors networks, venture capital funds and corporate venture capital firms. Our research is being used to enrich the OpenAxel platform, a project funded by the EU and supported by Wayra.

Read the full article by KTN's Astrid Ayel here