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.

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Is your market sustainable? Horizons tool prompts with questions to help imagine the world 10 years hence

As part of a series of internal workshops Ben Peace, Sustainability Lead at KTN, today demonstrated InnovateUK’s Horizons tool, a website and deck of cards designed to help companies think about the impacts of their activities and consider ‘over the horizon’ about their markets, say in ten years time.

Horizons is based on the Sustainable Economy Framework developed by Forum for the Future, the InnovateUK and Aviva Investors.



Ben is supported by a team of ‘sustainability champions’ among us in KTN, who’ll be promoting the tool to help companies gain insights into how their company operate within a sustainable economy; that is one that “operates within safe environmental limits and delivers social value”.

The Sustainable Economy Framework, from which Horizons has been created, was developed was developed from over 40 sources, one of the most significant being the ‘Planetary Boundaries’ concept developed by Rockstrom.


Pick a card - to consider risks down the line

Horizons is a starting point to stimulate thought and discussion.

You can download and print an entire set of the cards, which you can use alongside or separate to the digital version.

The free tool should be especially useful for smaller companies, or indeed larger organisations, that haven’t so far considered implementing a future risks strategy.

Ben has also pointed out that as well as understanding risks the tool is about identifying opportunities, and that the digital version has more content.

It’s likely that larger companies will already have systems in place, perhaps at considerable expense, but a common finding in from case studies cited so far is that these prompt cards uncover business sustainability issues that weren’t initially obvious.

The cards may also be useful for helping focus on sustainability for improving the quality of applications for InnovateUK competitions, so particularly with that in mind you may find it useful to take a look at the Horizons website and, perhaps, download the cards for your own workshop.

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