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.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here


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The City meets Silicon Roundabout

This weekend, up to 1,000 developers and 100 start-up employers are expected to attend Silicon Milkroundabout, a new type of recruitment fair based on the traditional university “milkround”.


Pete Smith and Ian Hogarth, co-founders of Songkick, an online community for live music, are behind the event. They want to convince graduates that a start-up is a viable a career option 


The event coincides with the latest phase of the UK government’s “East London Tech City” initiative, which aims to make the capital Europe’s leading cluster of technology start-ups against competition from the likes of Dublin and Berlin.


Although not directly commissioned by the government, Silicon Milkroundabout , and similar ventures have been encouraged. The government  has also granted new tax breaks for tech entrepreneurs and investors, but many start-ups are also hoping for the introduction of developer visas so that the top international technicians can work in the country. 

To further enhance the financial prospects of start-ups, the City of London corporation this week announced the “Angels in the City” scheme to recruit a new pool of 125 early-stage investors from the Square Mile and City Meets Tech is planning an event in early December to persuade bankers that British start ups are worth backing.  Eric van der Kleij, UK Trade and Industry’s “entrepreneur in residence” in Tech City will speak at the event. 
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