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


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Join Future Cities at Innovate UK


Tickets are selling fast for this year’s Innovate UK – the leading multi-sector networking event for business at the Business Design Centre from 11-13 March 2013.


Our impressive guest speakers will be joined by book your place?


At Innovate UK, you can make the most of one to one meeting opportunities, seminars, workshops, an exhibition and keynote sessions featuring leading business and ministerial representatives. This year the focus is on eight priority areas:


  • Agri-Food: The agri-food theme is about stimulating the development and adoption of new technologies to help improve the productivity of the UK food and farming industries, while decreasing their impact on the environment. 
  • Future Cities: The Future Cities theme looks at helping UK businesses create integrated products and services that meet the future needs of the world’s cities.
  • Digital Services: The Digital theme hinges around why and how the internet is profoundly transforming business activity across every sector of the economy. 
  • Energy: The Energy theme is about identifying business opportunities in energy security, environmental sustainability and the opportunities created by the 2020 and 2050 low carbon energy targets.
  • Health: The health theme highlights how business can develop solutions to the challenge of delivering efficient and effective healthcare.
  • High Value Manufacturing: This theme aims to ensure that High Value Manufacturing is a key driver of UK economic growth. Join us to see how we can help you innovate by co-investing in your manufacturing-based ideas.
  • Space: Space focuses on connecting space companies with other innovators to drive growth across the economy.
  • Transport: The travel and transport theme considers how we can develop vehicles and systems for an integrated, sustainable and economically efficient transport system.



The Future Cities theme at Innovate is about helping UK businesses create integrated products and services that meet the future needs of the world’s cities. You will hear about how we will be creating the technical capability to achieve new levels of 

systems integration through our Catapult, which will have as its initial three 

capabilities the Future Cities Laboratory, Future Cities Open Platform and Future 

Cities Financing.


Confirmed speakers

Mark Fowler - Nestle

Lean Doody – Arup

Kathy MacEwan – Design Council

Brian Delvin – Glasgow City Council

Simon Giles – Accenture




Future cities: The market opportunity

This session focuses on the present, and bringing thought leadership to life. The session will be facilitated by private sector industry leaders in consulting, IT and telecommunications, who will describe the market opportunity for their respective industries.


Future cities catapult - A world leading technology

The Future Cities Catapult will be a national centre for developing integrated city systems to meet the future needs of the world’s cities. It will create a unique technical capability to achieve new levels of systems integration and systems thinking; bringing together business, city governments and academia to develop new products and services for this rapidly growing market.


Future cities demonstrator: Integration in practice

Come and hear how UK cities are using the integration of city systems to drive innovation and growth to meet their future challenges.


Click here to see more and book your ticket now.


Plan your Innovate UK

A full agenda can be found here  so you can see what else we have lined up. More speakers will be announced shortly and you can be the first to know who they are by following us on Twitter


Register now to secure your spot to meet and do business with 4,000 delegates from UK and international business, Government and academia. Tickets cost £125 (including VAT). 


If you have any queries, please contact enquiries@innovateuk2013.co.uk.  

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