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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The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is an annual competition hosted by the Biomimicry Institute, in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, that invites people around the world to address critical sustainability issues using nature as a guide. 
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is open to students and professionals around the world.
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge believes that, by applying nature’s design principles, we can create solutions that help support a healthy planet. The Institute’s goal is to build an artery of sustainable innovation inspired by nature and to help bring more biomimetic solutions to market.
Biomimicry Institute does this by running a Global Challenge that provides innovators who care about the planet with the tools and support they need to design creative and elegant solutions to seemingly intractable problems. They shepherd the most viable solutions to market or implementation by providing incubation support and introducing top teams to governmental, non-governmental organization, and private sector partners.
Every two years, the Biomimicry Institute selects a key sustainability issue as a broad theme and focus for the Global Challenge. Each year, we offer a design concept round followed by a prototype round. Thus, any given theme will feature two design concept rounds, over the course of two years, each followed by a prototype round.
The Global Challenge features two entry categories: an open category and a student-only category. All participants get access to our Design Challenge Toolbox and supporting resources, including sessions with mentors and biomimicry professionals. Those who submit to our design concept rounds are eligible to win substantial cash prizes, as well as additional business incubation support and the opportunity to compete in the prototype round. The winner of the annual prototype round will receive the Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s $100,000 “Ray of Hope” Prize.
For full details please go to http://challenge.biomimicry.org/en/
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