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 push to create a million European tech jobs

Technology companies, including ARM, Cisco and O2’s parent company Telefonica, have  joined an EU inspired “Grand Coalition' to boost digital skills, innovation and entrepreneurship, by pledging to provide funds for training, internships and other measures. Behind the initiative is the need for more Europeans with ttechnological skills and knowledge to fill an expected surge of jobs in the industry.  

This development, according to Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner in charge of telecoms and technology policy, could have dire consequences if we don't prepare adequately now: “If, by 2015", she warned, "we can’t deliver the right skills to our industry, then there is a risk companies will go to the US or elsewhere to find talent,”

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday,  she said that Europe would have 700,000 new technology jobs by 2015 and a million by 2016 and 2m by 2020. Up to a fifth of these will be in the UK.

Telefónica Chief Operating Officer José María Álvarez-Pallete confirmed that the company will join EC Commissioner Neelie Kroes’ 'Grand Coalition' to boost digital skills, innovation and entrepreneurship:

“We believe that Commissioner Neelie Kroes' Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs is a very helpful catalyst to help European recovery,” he stated. “The private sector has a critical role to play and we will be working actively to build a real momentum across Europe".

Telefónica pledged to create more than 1,000 start-up companies through its Wayra Academies in Europe, just one of a number of bold 2015 targets announced.

Additionally, the company pledged to build a Telefónica Think Big community of more than 300,000 people, offer courses in digital literacy, such as coding and robotics; and to undertake the most comprehensive global survey of young adults ever conducted - to gain a deeper insight into the hopes, fears and expectations, for the future, of 12,000 young adults.


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