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

Innovation Exchange challenge: Reusable packaging and logistics solution for Air Source Heat Pumps
ICAX requires a reusable packaging and logistics solution for the distribution of its heat pump to households and retailers across the UK.
29 days left to apply
Innovation Exchange challenge: Environmental monitoring and data analytics for mycelium growth optimisation
The Magical Mushroom Company are looking for software analytics or sensor solutions to measure growth completion for their products.
29 days left to apply
Innovation Exchange challenge: Hydrophyllic solutions to prevent fogging of thermoplastics
The Innovation Exchange is working with a UK-based technology company to find anti-fogging solutions for thermoplastics.
29 days left to apply
Innovation Exchange challenge: Remote measurement of carbon sequestration on UK farms
Innovation Exchange and Bloci are looking for solutions for measuring carbon sequestration on UK farms, to replace laboratory-analysed samples.
29 days left to apply
Innovation Exchange challenge: Vehicle based internet access solutions for remote locations
SSE Renewables Hydro want to find solutions which enable the use of company vehicles as reliable communications hubs for their operational staff in remote locations.
40 days left to apply
Global Innovation Exchange Challenge: Accelerating the Concentration of Water Treatment Residue
This Innovation Exchange challenge, delivered by Innovate UK KTN through the Global Alliance Africa project, is supporting Rand Water to identify innovative solutions to accelerate the concentration of Water Treatment Residue (WTR).
54 days left to apply

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