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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Digital sustainability tool to help business

Horizons is a free digital tool to help businesses identify sustainability issues, risks and opportunities, and integrate them into strategy, commercial decisions, and innovation.

 

Launched by the Technology Strategy Board and Forum for the Future, Horizons Beta is an open access platform, made up of a number of ‘cards’ that outline the issues and trends driving the development of our future economy.

 

Issues and trends include things like renewable resources, resilience, skills, energy and mobility. Users can view ‘Killer Facts’, case studies and gain access to external resources and download selected cards as PDFs.

 

Dragons’ Den business woman Deborah Meaden said:
“Despite the challenges of these difficult economic times, I believe there is a genuine desire amongst UK businesses to embrace sustainability. Growing numbers are seeing the business case of understanding the big trends coming their way and working for the long term, and Horizons is a great resource to help them do that.”

 

Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director of global sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future, said:
“We can’t predict the details of our future economy. But we do know the trends driving its development – like the rolling IT revolution, climate change, public trust, food security. These factors shape markets and disrupt business models. Business need to address the risk that presents. But crucially, there’s a huge business opportunity there for the taking.”

 

Richard Miller, the Technology Strategy Board’s Head of Sustainability, said:
“The sustainability challenge that the world economy faces represents a fantastic opportunity for smart and innovative businesses to create new products, services and business models. Bring sustainability thinking into mainstream business activities is the most important thing we can do to make that opportunity real.”


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If you have any suggestions for facts, case studies or links to extra resources, or any other enquiries or feedback, please email horizons.innovateuk@gmail.com

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