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Innovation

We are driving positive economic, societal, and environmental change through innovation.

Innovation is complex. The journey from idea to market is not straightforward and requires a diverse range of know-how, investment, market knowledge and research. KTN exists to connect innovators with new partners and new opportunities beyond their existing thinking – accelerating ambitious ideas into real-world solutions. Our diverse connections and deep expertise enable us to be a trusted guide through a global landscape of research, development and innovation. Connect with us to find out how we can become a part of your innovation journey and drive positive change.

Our current cross sector innovation programmes.

Innovation Canvas

KTN’s Innovation Canvas is designed to help you create value from innovation and identify the changes needed to make your idea succeed. It provides a framework for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a specific project, identifying the most urgent challenges to overcome, and prioritising what action to take.

Innovation Exchange

KTN-iX™ is a cross-sector program supporting innovation transfer by matching industry challenges to innovative companies from other sectors. It does this by putting large businesses with technical needs in contact with companies who have the right innovative solutions, for faster development of novel solutions.

Nature Inspired Solutions

In the past biomimicry or biomimetics started from simple imitation of natural organisms. Over time, it has evolved through integration and combination with modern science and engineering to help us discover new materials, applications, and alternative ways of production.

Product Innovation

Turning an idea into a scalable, commercial product is a challenge that faces many entrepreneurs, innovators and SMEs. Developing a new product, new functionality or new customer experience can be difficult and success may not always happen. 97% of hardware startups fail (compared with 70% of tech start-ups).

Women in Innovation

Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation programme consists of funding competitions and events to encourage female-led innovation.

Young Innovators

The Young Innovators programme, which includes annual awards for young people with creative and ground-breaking business ideas and a high-profile #IdeasMeanBusiness campaign, is a partnership between Innovate UK and the Prince’s Trust.

Funding Opportunities

Innovate UK Smart Grants: November 2020

Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver disruptive R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy.

Opens: 02/12/2020 Closes: 20/01/2021

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SBRI Removing air pollutants from homes to safeguard health

Organisations can apply for a share of £3 million, inclusive of VAT, to develop products or services to remove harmful pollutants from homes.

Opens: 23/11/2020 Closes: 13/01/2021

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KTN-iX Challenge: Full Field Condition Monitoring of a Blade Internal Structure

GE is looking for applicants to develop a full field condition monitoring device for a wind turbine blade internal structure that can continuously monitor during turbine operation, to direct an automated / robotic detailed inspection.

Opens: 02/11/2020 Closes: 11/01/2021

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Events

Mon
12
Oct
2020

Innovate Local: Tees Valley Innovation Week

09.30 - 15.30 | Online

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Mon
19
Oct
2020

Global Ideas Exchange: Enhancing Innovative Resilience in Africa

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Wed
9
Dec
2020

Innovation Continuity Loans – Package of Support Available

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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News

06.11.2020

What Graduate Career opportunities are there in Innovation?

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships offer high impact career openings for talented graduates and postgraduates.

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18.11.2020

Major boost for UK robotics sector from KTN Innovation Exchange Competition

GE Renewable Energy and ORE Catapult announce Tethys and Aerones as winners of KTN Innovation Exchange competition.

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