Innovation: connect to experts, specialist support and facilities

Guidance for business and academic organisations on how to connect with experts, support and facilities to develop their innovations.


If you have an idea for an innovative product or service, you can get help from Innovate UK to develop it and make it successful.

Innovate UK can help you access expertise, specialist support and facilities. You can:

  • find partners locally, nationally and internationally
  • attend networking and collaboration events
  • get advice on funding opportunities and applying
  • get help to attract investors
  • get help to understand the future market for your innovation
  • get help to understand how to make your business innovate successfully
  • get expert knowledge from universities and research organisations

Innovate UK can also help you access funding and finance

How to access Innovate UK support

This support is available for all UK based companies - from pre-startup to large multi-nationals. You may also be able to get help if you are an individual or an organisation.

Innovate UK provides support through 2 innovation networks. These are the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Innovate UK EDGE.

Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

KTN can help you:

  • connect with experts outside your usual networks and industry
  • link with academics, government and funding opportunities
  • access support and intelligence to develop your innovation strategy
  • exploit your ideas and capabilities
  • find the right support you need

Innovate UK EDGE

Innovate UK EDGE is a key part of the UK innovation agency’s investment in the innovative businesses that drive economic growth. It complements Innovate UK project funding with intensive, specialist-led support for such ambitious businesses.

Each high-potential, innovative business in our portfolio benefits from the objective perspective of a dedicated innovation and growth specialist local to them. Our specialist considers a business in the round and, working closely with its leadership, identifies the most productive ways to accelerate its growth.

Innovate UK EDGE brings a range of services to help ambitious, innovative SMEs scale and grow. We help businesses:

  • exploit innovation, intellectual property, and connections in the UK and abroad
  • enter new markets at home and abroad
  • access funding and finance and getting investment ready.

What if you’re not sure

You can use the Business Finance Support Finder to check for other funding opportunities.

Published 21 October 2014
Last updated 26 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. Replaced Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) with Innovate UK EDGE.

  2. Added link to EEN brochure on the benefits of international innovation.

  3. Updated contact information.

  4. Innovate UK has simplified how it helps businesses connect with the resources they need to innovate. This guide provides simpler links to the 2 networks that can help innovators.

  5. Information about SME support removed as this is no longer open to new applicants

  6. Updates to factual information about the support offered

  7. Added new content about our new SME growth support.

  8. First published.