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.

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UK startup’s Olympic success acknowledged with £57m acquisition

Six months ago, Shirin Denghan’s company, Arieso, was using its location-aware networking software to help O2 field the deluge of mobile traffic during London 2012. Now, the value of the UK startup’s services has been globally acknowledged: last week, the company sold for £57m to US mobile technology group JDSU. Ms Dehghan, a substantial minority shareholder, will net millions from the deal.

Trained as an electronic engineer with experience working at Vodafone,  Ms Denghan was prompted to start Arieso by the advent of 3G mobile internet in the UK, and the opportunity she saw to help networks manage the massive increase in data traffic that it would bring.

"When the iPhone came out it brought networks to their knees, and someone needed to help operators with solutions to manage those needs," she explained to the Guardian.

Arieso’s software can pinpoint network traffic hotspots and bottlenecks, enabling operators to turn up the power on a particular mast or switch traffic to another nearby when necessary. It’s a service that's key during large scale events, such as London 2012.

The company’s clients include AT&T, Telefonica, MTN in Africa and Vodafone Group, and its revenue was £18m last year. The 100-strong team will remain  in their current base, Newbury, after joining JDSU.  

Discover how the London Olympics helped Arieso and other UK companies win Digital Gold: 2.30pm, 12 March, at Innovate ’13 in London

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