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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The Long Term Care Revolution Needs YOU

We are looking for the most ambitious early stage innovative businesses, start-ups and SMEs to join the Long Term Care Revolution Live.


Across the two day events you will connect with emerging thought leaders, explore new ideas with leading health & care providers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, funders and designers; and engage in experiences that will challenge your current assumptions.


You will learn about a £4 million SBRI competition, which aims to give UK businesses a head start in the drive to transform long term care to a dynamic market of innovative new products and services that offer greater choice and flexibility in later life.


You may meet with future collaborators, and will leave equipped and energized to forge ahead within your own business to power the future of digital health and care.


Programme Includes:

  • How to join a £ 4 million Revolution - Jackie Marshall-Balloch, Programme Lead Innovate UK.


  • The London Challenge; Breaking down Barriers and forging new relationships - Jane Barnacle NHS England - Director of Patients and Information (London Region).


    Poor citizen experience and outcomes, growing demand from an ageing population, increased prevalence of people with multiple long term conditions and an unprecedented financial challenge underpin why we need to transform the existing institutional model of long term care away from a reactive illness service, to the NHS becoming a prevention service which empowers citizens to exercise greater levels of choice, control and self-management of their own care, ideally in their own homes.


  • Get Backing, Get Big & then Get Bought - Neil Bellamy Head of Technology, Media and Telecoms RBS and NatWest.


  • Peter Wintlev-Jensen Deputy Head DG Connect European Commission - New Incentives for Small Businesses to tap into the Healthy and Active Ageing “Silver Economy”. + H2020 news.
  • Pitch Perfect. Following the style and format of the hit TV show Dragons Den, we invite SME’s to present a relevant business proposal in-front of prospective funders.


  • Winners will benefit from a 12 month NatWest/BRS Mentorship programme of meet-ups and connections, designed to realise the needs of your business. Access to the Bank’s vast knowledge base, together with connections to external networks means this prize could have a massive impact on your business gaining traction. Register here


  • How DHI is helping Startups and Tech Community get involved and shape a burgeoning industry that has Huge Market Potential.  Justene Ewing CEO Digital Health Institute.


  • LJ Rich presenter on BBC Click takes us on a journey of discovery, looking at the most exciting innovations & trends that will fuel the Long Term Care Revolution and stimulate fresh thinking.


  • What if? Why the Long Term Care Revolution Needs You. Ian Spero Founder Creative Skills For Life.


  • This Revolution = New Opportunities in Public Health – Shirley Cramer CBE Chief Executive Royal Society Public Health.


  • The Age of Opportunity – Baroness Sally Greengross, former Director General of Age Concern England and joint Chair of the Age Concern Institute of Gerontology.


  • How collaboration among innovators across public services, civil society and business will enable us to imagine, develop and scale new responses to long term care - Halima Khan, Director - Innovation Lab, Nesta and Founder Coalition for Collaborative Care.


  • Meet the Buyers. A chance for delegates to network with buyers representing private and public sector organisations willing to do business with small companies.


  • Open Innovation as a Catalyst for Change - Roland Harwood founder 100% Open.


  • Co-creating flexible, People Centric Platforms that empower us to Live Life as we Choose -Stuart Anderson, Chair in Dependable Systems University of Edinburgh School of Infomatics.


  • Designs for Life - Panel Session Chaired by Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer Design CouncilWith:
  • Dr Marta Fernandez, Global Research Leader at Arup for Foresight + Research + Innovation.
  • Don McIntyre, Programme Director, Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art.


  • Sebastian Conran, Designer in Residence Sheffield University and Partner Sheffield Robotics.

    Enhancing the Experience of Later Life by transforming science, technology and engineering into experience, lifestyle and culture.

  • Why we must consider the impact of long term conditions when rethinking long term care,Geraldine Strathdee – National Clinical Director, Mental Health, NHS England.


  • Transforming services in collaboration with third sector and communities to meet the needs of an ageing population - Dr Charles Alessi, chairman of the National Association of Primary Care.


  • Employing creative technologies to generate big data and tackle chronic isolation among older adults - Professors Andrew Hugill and Hongji Yang - Bath Spa University.


  • Risky eHealth Innovations can disrupt and redefine long term care - Henk Herman, world renowned gerontology authority, author of ‘eHealth in Long-term care’, expert in smart homes, and head of EC project Caalyx-MV Netherlands.


    To ensure meaningful care innovations, Henk believes that small businesses are Key, since they dare to take risks and develop non-mainstream products and services, i.e. disruptive innovations. Henk will predict the future of eHealth (mobile) apps, meaningful games and robotics that are all interconnected with a strong focus on privacy and personal ownership of data.


  • The Afternoon knows what the Morning Never Suspected: On serious games and engagement with an aging population. Pamela M. Kato, Ed.M., Ph.D. Professor of Serious Games at Coventry University.


  • Creativity (a human construct of imaginative thought) is under-utilized, under-researched and under-recognized within our pharmaco-centric health system. How creative interventions can empower our older citizens. Dr. Thomas M Barber, Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist, University of Warwick and UHCW NHS Trust.


  • Networking dinner, hosted by NatWest/RBS


  • Meet the Experts: A chance for delegates to meet with specialists providing important services to help grow your business.


    Other speakers include:

  • Christof Baer - Global Manager Corporate Innovation Kimberley-Clark
  • David Fennel - Head of UX Virgin Media
  • Dawid Konotey-Ahulu - CEO and co-founder of Mallow Street, the online community for the UK pensions industry
  • Rob Turpin- Healthcare Market Development Manager BSI. British Standards Institution
  • More to be announced…

To register interest in attending visit DHI Scotland.Com

To find out more about this SBRI opportunity click here