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.

The power of cross-sector collaboration

Innovation Exchange is a KTN programme specially designed to help organisations search for game-changing solutions to challenges and bring them to market faster.

Leveraging expertise across our diverse network, KTN promotes innovation transfer, matching real industry challenges from large businesses, to companies and innovators already working on the solutions. Our unique cross-sector approach taps into the power of collaboration providing technical solutions from other sectors.

Over the past 4 years, KTN’s Innovation Exchange Programme has proven it is a highly successful programme in the energy, defence, health and transport sectors and is now being expanded into others as well, such as infrastructure, security and agri-tech.

With over 2.5K application entries across 130 challenges, 694 UK companies pitched their ideas, 88 trials were undertaken generating £25.3m value to challenge holders, and 26 commercial contracts were put in place, valued at £7.7m, as a direct result of the Innovation Exchange Programme.

“Posting our challenges on KTN’s Innovation Exchange has allowed us to have a cross-sectoral approach and added an element of reach that has proved invaluable. The responses have allowed us to explore applying solutions from other sectors like medical X-Ray technology to some really tricky problems.” Andy Cooney, Technical Manager at Sellafield

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Funding opportunities

GA-iX challenge: Battery Inventory System – Track, Trace and Report on Lithium Ion Batteries
This Innovation Exchange challenge, delivered by Innovate UK KTN through the Global Alliance Africa project, is supporting Hinckley Group to identify innovative solutions for a tracking system for individual batteries, enabling circular usage.
41 days left to apply
GA-iX challenge: Innovative Solutions for Second Life Batteries
This Innovation Exchange challenge, delivered by Innovate UK KTN through the Global Alliance Africa project, is supporting Hinckley Group to identify innovative solutions for second life Lithium-Ion batteries, focussing on solutions for roadside kiosks, personal mobility, light or cooling provision
41 days left to apply
iX Challenge: Long Term Residential Energy Storage
The KTN Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside MVM Group, looking to engage innovators and innovative companies that can provide efficient solutions for seasonal-scale residential energy storage. MVM require a solution which is capable of storing 5000-10000 kWh with minimal self-discharg
6 days left to apply
iX Challenge: CO2 Electrolysis
The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside MVM Group, looking to engage innovators and innovative companies that can provide a highly efficient one-step process to transform high-purity CO2 emissions into value-added products or valorizable industrial starting materials.
6 days left to apply
iX Challenge: Electrochemical Ammonia Production
The KTN Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside MVM Group, looking to engage innovators and innovative companies that can provide an electro-chemical method for ammonia production. MVM seek this innovation to serve as an efficient, carbon-free energy and/or hydrogen storage media, which c
6 days left to apply
iX Challenge: Novel Sensor Payloads for Asset Inspection Drones
The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside Futureworx to find novel sensors and/or data processing techniques that can be deployed in scenarios offering relatively low Size-Weight-Power-Cooling (SWAPC) budgets. These will initially be aimed at demanding industrial environments, such as t
13 days left to apply

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