The knowledge connection for business

About Connected

Connected is here to encourage, ease and increase potential knowledge exchange links between academia and industry, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The aim of Connected is to develop interaction and stimulate innovation to benefit Northern Ireland companies and Northern Ireland’s economy.

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Funded by the Department for the Economy, Connected is a clear sign that the further and higher education sectors in Northern Ireland are ready and willing to offer their vast pool of expertise, knowledge, research capability and world-class facilities to businesses and the community at large. Universities and colleges have so much to offer the business world that it is hard to know where to begin. Working in collaboration with universities/colleges can bring real and measurable benefits to your bottom line. The goal of Connected is to foster closer partnerships between our region’s businesses, both large and small, and the university/college departments who are keen to work with you.
For many businesses and organisations who wish to collaborate with a university/college, the challenge can often be to understand what is available and identify the relevant expertise. Through Connected, businesses and organisations suddenly gain access to a significant resource, which can bring about major business benefits.

Through the Connected project, and in collaboration with the FE sector, Queen's University and Ulster University are committed to encouraging innovation and meeting the needs of business. Connected represents a huge store of skills, expertise and resources. The best way to understand the benefit that Knowledge Transfer can deliver to your business is to have a browse through some of our case studies.