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 sustainability 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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Business models

Businesses have recognised that embracing the opportunities provided by a circular economy requires going beyond changing inputs; redesigning products, eliminating production waste and using renewable feedstocks is only part of the story. Designing a truly circular system requires businesses to get stuff back and to do something profitable with it. This fundamental shift requires radical thinking about how businesses create, deliver and capture value - in other words, business model innovation.

Changing a company’s business model may feel fundamentally risky: In a recent blog, Dan Hodges and Professor Tim Vorley observe “Since business models are concerned with how businesses make money, they are often seen as a given.” But in a world with a seemingly ever-increasing pace of change, perhaps the biggest risk of all is not evolving a business model to suit changing market conditions and consumer desires.

Business model innovation is allowing companies to take advantage of disruptive trends such as digitalisation, the sharing economy and circular economy, according to the Innovation Caucas. A paper from Volans identified four breakthrough business models with the power to grow exponentially and which present the biggest risk to incumbents: social, lean, integrated and circular business models.

Over the last three years KTN has been working through LIFE-funded project REBus to develop, pilot and champion resource efficient business models, enabling industry to embrace the opportunities presented by the circular economy.

On 21st November we are inviting pioneering experts in the field of the circular economy to share their successes with an audience of around 100 in London and an online audience via the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Disruptive Innovation Festival. We’ll be exploring the following questions with panels of leading industry figures:

  • Behavior change en masse: how to crack business model innovation in B2C markets
  • Cooperative partnerships: developing new business models that deliver mutual value
  • Circular procurement: the role of procurement in stimulating demand for new business models
  • Taking a leap of faith: how to transition to a new business model without disrupting a good busines

For more details and to register, click here.

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