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 biotechnology 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


About the Built Environment Community

Our Mission


The KTN Built Environment Community delivers the Innovation Network function for practitioners in the urban living sectors.  It's a purpose build vehicle to bring the community sub sets together to share best practice, linking funders to finance seekers, inspire collaboration and showcase new opportunities for the UK's small businesses in this area.  A wider mission is also to bring these businesses closer to the research bases, bigger tier operators and collaborative opportunities outside this sector. 
Our Network
Resonates current thinking and influences Government agencies through a public and private sector stakeholder partnership.
Scopes and quantifies the sector challenges along disseminating the emerging opportunities through the community and beyond
Identifies, creates, captures and disseminates thought leadership through a robust online network and connected community events
Nurtures, signposts and showcases the capabilities of the innovators that engage with the Network
Exposes new market potential to the innovation practitioners, often outside their current market landscape.  
Connects the community to the Horizon 2020 innovation space and non European emerging market needs 
Works in partnership with the SMEs and fledgling business on the market penetration strategy, connecting them to market intelligence, finance options and business accelerators. 
"Future-proof" the UK's activity in the modern built environment arena through coordinated technology and innovation development.
What we do
The role of the MBE Community is to:
Transfer knowledge and broker new collaborations with public and private sector stakeholders for product and process development.
Stimulate technology-enabled innovation in areas, which offer the greatest scope for boosting UK growth and productivity.
Increase the connectivity of individuals, organisations and active programmes involved in developing and exploiting new innovations in the built environment.
Provide clarity regarding the issues affecting innovative energy technology exploitation at various stages along the innovation pipeline.
Facilitate effective engagement of members, leading to an increase in new collaborations and partnerships to develop or exploit innovation.
Provide a forum for a coherent industry voice to inform Government policy making and the private investment community.
Provide advice on the various support mechanisms (public and private) available to the research base and industry.
Benefits of Membership
Membership of the Built Environment Community is an open and free to participate community.  Through membership, you will receive 
Invitations to a range of workshops and events including partnership brokerage events for various funding calls.
Participation in discussion forums to influence agenda and future activities
Access to key research capabilities in the UK
Invitations to community thinking workshops to influence the finding strategy of the KTN Stakeholders
Access to new technologies and potential business partners
Monthly newsletter with the latest industry news
Receive first hand announcements from the TSB Competition Finding Calls, European Funding Calls (H2020, Interreg etc.) and other calls from the Research Councils 
Opportunities to get involved in special interest groups
Interactive web portal that provides the ability to network with other members and gives access to relevant knowledge.

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