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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Simple 7-point Innovation Charter now available

Use our innovation charter in your next collaboration and make the best start

Click here to download it now

Few organisations now have the capability to carry out all development projects within their organisational boundaries, and therefore collaboration is a crucial aspect of business innovation. Often referred to as open innovation (Chesbrough, 2003) or collaborative innovation, this is a way of conducting business that relies on openness and the sharing of risk and reward.

To the uninitiated, these sort of relationships represent a dangerous situation - how can you trust the other parties not to steal your idea?  Smaller organisations in particular worry about this - partnering with the big industry players represents a great opportunity, but also a big risk, and is it worth it?  NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreements) are one recourse, but these can be lengthy and also fraught with uncertainty - what if something is left out, or can be misinterpreted further down the line?  Smaller or charitable organisations simply don't have the resources to pursue big organisations should their innovation be commandeered with no acknowledgement or remuneration.

What is lacking is a sense of trust.  Working with the same organisations and people over a long time, this is something that is built up and becomes an intragral part of your relationship.  If you haven't worked with other people or organisaitons before, there is no precedent, and no basis for trust.

Trust in me

In recognition of this, the we have been working with the Railway Industry Association, to create a simple one page document with 7 short bulletpoints which sets out principles of ‘fair play’ when engaging in collaborative innovation.  It is not a set of terms and conditions, nor is it intended to be contractually binding, although it could be incorporated into a contract if the contracting parties so wished. What is does, is to encourage trust.  

If all parties in a collaboration sign up to it, using this Innovation Charter will enable collaborative partners to enunciate and follow an honourable working relationship.

Download the innovation charter, use it, and post your comments on it below.

 

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