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 ICT 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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Innovate UK invests £561 million to back cutting-edge UK firms

Innovate UK is to invest £561 million in innovation over the next 12 months and take a more focused and efficient approach to supporting innovative UK companies.
 
The delivery plan for the year 2016 to 2017 includes:
  • A new sector focus that is easier for industry, investors and government to work with.
  • A five-point plan to underpin activity across these sectors and drive productivity growth.
  • Clearer funding programmes that are easier to navigate.
  • Improvements to the way Innovate UK connects businesses to knowledge and partners.
  • A stronger regional presence.
Innovate UK Chief Executive Dr Ruth McKernan said:
 
To be globally competitive the UK must innovate and grow. Innovation is responsible for 50% of all productivity growth and the mission of Innovate UK is to help make this happen. We will build on our track record of success, focusing ever more closely on scaling up SMEs, equipping them to reap the benefits of the fourth industrial revolution.
 
Clearer sector support
 
Four sector groups have been established within Innovate UK:
  • Emerging and enabling technologies.
  • Health and life sciences.
  • Infrastructure systems.
  • Manufacturing and materials.
Innovate UK has also simplified how it runs funding competitions for businesses.
 
There will be two broad funding competitions covering each sector group per year, and two open competitions for applications from any sector or technology area.
 
There will be other programmes and competitions in partnership with other government organisations.
 
High-level goals to drive productivity and growth
 
The new sector approach will be supported by 5 high-level goals:
  • Turning scientific excellence into economic impact.
  • Accelerating growth by nurturing high-growth-potential SMEs in key sectors.
  • Building on innovation excellence throughout the UK.
  • Developing Catapult centres.
  • Evolving funding models.
Since 2007, Innovate UK has invested £1.8 billion in innovation, which has been more than matched by the private sector. This investment has returned between £11.5 billion and £13.1 billion to the economy. It has supported innovation in 7,600 organisations, creating around 55,000 new jobs.
 
 
 
 
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