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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Fresh government funding for low energy computing and internet of things

The UK's government has pledged to increase funding for innovative businesses by up to £60 million, with investment in fields such as energy efficient computing and the internet of things.

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts announced, on Wednesday, at the Innovate UK 2013 event in London the second wave of funding as part of the Biomedical Catalyst programme, backed by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Medical Research Council (MRC). The latest funding will involve a £47.2 million investment for 51 bio-medical tech start-ups, aiming to help bridge the ‘valley of death’, which refers to the difficulties many innovative companies face in turning R&D into commercial success.

Mr Willetts also announced a further £12 million of TSB funding, including £6.2 million to help promote the development of the ‘internet of things’, with eight projects to develop systems in areas such as transport, energy and the environment. There will also be a £1.25 million for the development of energy efficient computing devices, alongside a further £1.15 million for nine businesses to develop energy harvesting technology to help extend battery life. 

 

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