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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CivTech pilot scheme to beta test daring innovation in the Scottish public sector

The Scottish government has announced a pilot scheme for applying digital technologies for improving public sector services, and to ‘drive daring and innovation into the public sector’, including for air quality and smart roads, offering top prizes of £15,000 with no equity or IP stake taken.

Its CivTech beta will test a new route for entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and other businesses to apply their expertise to solving challenges in the Scottish public sector. These challenges are intended to ‘create a swift, secure and practical pathway for those businesses to win public sector contracts’.


Based around six challenges...

The following challenges are sponsored by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) and Transport Scotland, to address specific problems faced by these agencies:

Finalists in each challenge are paid £2000, and winners of each challenge will be offered £15,000 with no equity or IP stake taken.


Application Process

Applications will be submitted and then handled through the Scottish Government's Public Contracts Scotland website (PCS), although at present the dedicated page is not live.

Applicants will need to register interest (when live) and submit an Application Form which can be completed ahead. For further details see the application form guidance.

The deadline for submissions is 09:00 on Monday 1 August.

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