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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Weve appointment highlights focus on mobile payments

Weve, the B2B m-commerce venture owned by the UK’s three largest network operators, has appointed a mobile payments specialist as its CEO, a clear indication of the growing focus on this area. 

The new CEO, David Sear, joins Weve from Travelex, the money services group, having previously worked at Voca, a UK payment services company and online payments firm, WorldPay.

Weve was recently granted regulator approval to deploy its services and also announced, earlier this month, that Vodafone would be joining Telefonica, O2 and Everything Everywhere in the venture. 

Weve’s mobile wallet and payments, on which Sear's is expected to focus, form the second plank of a strategy which has initially focused on attracting advertisers, for instance through SMS or display ads. The mobile wallet and NFC-based mobile payments features are expected to launch after these marketing services have been more fully developed. 

The wallet requires a standardised mobile payment platform, with near-field communications (NFC), through which banks and payment firms can integrate their services. 

However, there is a conflict of opinion on whether mobile wallet services will appear in the high street any time soon, with many believing that NFC is still in its infancy.

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