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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Leeds seeks digital business for its Enterprise Zone

Digital and creative, advanced manufacturing and healthcare businesses are needed for the Leeds Enterprise Zone, one of 24 global innovation centres launched in 2011 as part of a flagship government economic policy. 

The leader of Leeds City Council has blamed inadequate government incentive and lack of business confidence for the struggles of the city’s Zone. In its first year, it attracted just one business, Watershed Packaging, which is creating up to 40 manufacturing jobs. The council has It since slashed its projected total of 700 jobs created by 2015 to 200. 

Keith Wakefield, Labour leader of Leeds city council, told the Financial Times: “We have got the zone in the right place but we do not have the demand. I still think there is more that the government has to do to persuade businesses to invest.”

Business leaders believe that lack of incentive, especially for developers, is largely to blame.


Read the full story in the Financial Times 


ICT KTN Programme Steering Committee Chair,  Mike Short, speaks on the subject of the Smart Home at i3horsforth, a free, all day innovation themed event at Leeds Trinity on 19 April 2013. Full agenda available here.

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