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


KTN to help English regions compete globally via a new Smart Specialisation Hub

Speaking yesterday at Innovate2015, Business Secretary Sajid Javid announced the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills is to set up an independent hub for expert advice on “Smart Specialisation” in England.

The Smart Specialisation Hub, he said, “will forge better links between businesses, universities, investors and Catapults and provide better evidence on cluster strengths to unlock local innovation. It will do so by sharing best practice, identifying partnering opportunities and helping target investments on local innovation. A local business will be able to tap into the Hub’s expertise through their Local Enterprise Partnership (LEPs) to access funds and participate in projects. This initiative will also help LEPs access £580 million of EU Structural and Investment Funds available for research and development over the next 6 to 7 years.”

The Smart Specialisation Hub project will be receiving up to £480,000 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014 to 2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

According to the BIS funding submission to the European Commission was made in April 2015, Smart Specialisation is a concept that emerged from studies in the United States on how productivity is evolving in private firms. This suggested that businesses are best placed to lead in the identification of new opportunities for growth in a rapidly globalising economy. It also states that the process of discovery used by the most entrepreneurial of firms is one that should be emulated within public policies for innovation, and that innovating firms need to work closely with universities, centres of research, Government delivery partners and with wider groups representing civil society. This, it asserts, will help future investments to be embedded into the existing potential of local economies, and in wider flows of trade, ideas and investment finance.


Smart Specialisation Hub to be delivered by KTN and National Centre for Universities and Business

The Smart Specialisation Hub will be delivered by the Knowledge Transfer Network — which works to speed up innovation, solve problems and find markets for new ideas — and the National Centre for Universities and Business — which promotes, develops and supports university-business collaboration across the UK.

Chris Warkup, CEO of the Knowledge Transfer Network, said: “The Hub provides a great way to help each part of England identify its distinctive strengths so that it can compete effectively in a rapidly changing and increasingly competitive global market.”

David Docherty, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Universities and Business, added: “We are delighted to see the realisation of Sir Andrew Witty’s vision for the establishment of a Hub that can help local partners identify and understand strengths and opportunities for research and innovation.”

To find out more contact Susan Perriam, Smart Specialisation Hub Lead at KTN.

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