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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Web economy in G20 set to double by 2016, Google says

A study, by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), commissioned by Google says the value of the web economy in G20 countries will nearly double by 2016, but that’s not even the whole picture. 

The main driving force, according to BCG, is set to be the rapid rise of mobile internet access which will allow 3bn people to use the web by 2016, or nearly 50% of the world's population. They predict that falling costs of smartphones will mean that by 2016 about 80% of all internet users will access the web using a mobile phone and herald the emergence of a "new internet" where:

•  web access will not be a luxury any more

•  the majority of web users will live in emerging markets, with China playing a leading role.

•  the internet will go social, and allow customers and companies to engage with each other

• the Internet of Things (IoT), with devices connected to the web, will change the nature of how to run a business 

The research suggests that the UK is one of the most advanced e-commerce economies and additionally identifes Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Baidu and Tencent in China and Yandex in Russia.as  "internet ecosystems" that will try to tie users in to their customised part of the internet.

On the whole, the research is encouraging but actually there’s a strong argument that BCG may have underestimated the full impact of the internet on business:

• IBM research estimates that by 2015, one trillion devices will be internet-connected. 

• online is also increasingly impacting on the non-digital world (according to BCG every household already researches about $3,000 worth of goods online before buying them in traditional stores)

• digital will become central to the strategy of the majority of businesses. 

BCG admit that it is difficult to define what is actually part of the digital economy. Official statistics simply do not capture the sideways move of old technologies into the digital world. This lack of definition and the increasing all pervasive impact of the internet, means, according to the BBC’s Business Editor, Tim Weber, that “speaking of a "web economy" will soon sound about as comical as speaking of an "electricity economy"”.

For a full account of Tim Weber’s analysis of the BCG research, click here.


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