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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Political donations: just text GIVE

Last month Barack Obama became the first US presidential candidate to accept text message donations. It's a significant developmenty because donating via text is likely to empower many to participate more actively in the political process. It will especially impact young and low-income people, who have less money to give, but tend to make greater use of mobiles.

The Federal Elections Commission cleared the path toward political donations over mobiles in June after lobbying by both US parties, however the campaigns still had to work out arrangements with mobile phone providers to set up a system for processing contributions. 

This wasn’t the only issue. In the US, an outdated patchwork of statutes meant complex standards governing legal access to communications handled by third-party providers. For instance, a text message to a phone number established by a party or campaign, to receive donations, may reveal not only basic data about the donor but also potentially sensitive information about political affiliation.

Will text message donation become a feature in the lead up to the UK’s next general election? Whatever the answer,  privacy laws are likely to come under the microscope yet again.

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