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Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the UK’s Innovation Agency.  As an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, we drive productivity and growth by supporting businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make them a commercial success. With a strong business focus, we drive growth by working with companies to de‐risk, enable and support innovation. To do this, we work to:

  • determine which science and technology developments will drive future economic growth
  • meet UK innovators with great ideas in the fields we’re focused on
  • fund the strongest opportunities
  • connect innovators with the right partners they need to succeed
  • help our innovators launch, build and grow successful businesses

Since 2007 we have committed over £1.8 billion to innovation, matched by a similar amount in partner and business funding. We have helped 8,000 organisations with projects estimated to add more than £16 billion to the UK economy and create nearly 70,000 jobs. Security is embedded in all our funding streams whether it is: game‐changing sensors to improve forensic analysis, improved algorithms to detect threats in fast parcels, monitoring the health personnel in hazardous situations, protection of critical national infrastructure or cyber security.

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is the UK’s Innovation Network.  As a network partner of Innovate UK, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the unique ability to cross sector boundaries. We support business to accelerate new products and services to grow the UK economy through innovation.  Covering all sectors from agriculture to space, digital economy to the built environment and quantum technology to offshore wind, our experts can tell you about new sectors, introduce you to key players and find innovation partners to develop your ideas faster.

We advise on funding and finance available to support your innovation development and we provide sector updates through our social media platforms and regular newsletters. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential collaborations, horizon‐expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs. From roadmaps to steering groups from influencing government policy to special interest groups, our activities and projects evolve constantly to reflect industry needs.  We are a not‐for‐profit company funded by Innovate UK to support the UK economy, so we can support companies free of charge.


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