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Mentor4Research at Uppsala University

Broaden your horizons

Mentoring programme for researchers at Uppsala University.

Mentor4Research gives researchers the opportunity to work with a business-mentor to:

  • gain a deeper insight into and understanding of the commercialisation process
  • increase their links with the business community
  • carry out a preliminary evaluation of the commercial potential of their research

The mentors have many years of business experience and are hand-picked based on each researcher's individual situation and needs. The programme runs for almost a year, from February to November.

The Mentor4Research programme is free of charge and includes lectures and workshops in addition to mentoring. It offers rich networking opportunities, both within and outside academia.

Time to apply!

On September 1, 2017 the application period for Mentor4Research 2018 opens. Take the opportunity to partner with a professional business mentor, learn more about commercialisation of research, broaden your business network and not least, find ways to take your research outside academia.

To application

Open to all, regardless of research field

Mentor4Research is intended for researchers and postgraduate students in all research fields - from science and engineering to medicine, the humanities and social sciences. It requires no prior knowledge of commercialisation, but the programme is especially tailored to those with little or no experience of commercialising research and who want to know more.

Recommended by other researchers

9.3 on a 10 point scale was the rating when the scientists who participated in the 2015 Mentor4Research responded to the question of whether they would recommend the program to other researchers.

Even the mentors gave an average rating of  9.3 when asked whether they would recommend others to accept an invitation to become a mentor.

Thumbs up in other words!

Birth of a life science company

Sounding board, door opener and inspiration. Louise Dubois, research assistant at the Department of Medical Sciences is helped by her mentor Lena Söderström to commercialise her idea of a new and better test for prostate cancer.

Interview with Louise & Lena

Business leaders guide young researchers

“Sweden can become even better at identifying and utilising the opportunities within academia,” says Mårten Winge, CEO of Medical Vision and one of ten mentors in the Mentor4Research programme helping young researchers bring their innovations to market.

Mårten Winge's mentee Erik Gullberg is a researcher in microbiology. Together, they make up one of ten Mentor4Research teams at Uppsala University in 2016.

Interview with Mårten & Erik

Uppsala University, the first program partners

Uppsala University was the first university in Sweden to become a programme partner and to run Mentor4Research in-house, from 2016 onwards. The programme has been managed for 10 years by the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences, who in 2016 introduced a new model, with local programs.

Mentor4Research at Uppsala University is run by UU Innovation, and the programme is part of the innovation support we offer to researchers.

Contact

For further information or if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Moa Fransson, Programme Manager.