The UU Innovation Mentor Programme
In this programme, you have the invaluable opportunity to be paired with a mentor who brings experience, knowledge and a network that aligns with your idea and objectives, advancing your innovation project further.
Facts about the mentor programme
- The programme is offered: twice a year, starting in February and September.
- The programme runs: February to November and September to May, respectively.
- The programme comprises: six individual meetings with your mentor. There is also a joint kick-off and wrap-up for all participants and mentors.
- Extra support: having a mentor means having an additional source of support for matters related to the development of your idea. It complements the support you receive from UU Innovations advisors, allowing you to make faster progress with your innovation project and gain more knowledge along the way.
- Who can apply: Researchers, PhD candidates, and students at Uppsala University, both individually and in teams, who are driving an innovation project with the support of UU Innovation. You should be prepared to dedicate time and commitment to developing your project in collaboration with a mentor. Additionally, you need to be affiliated with the university throughout the programme's duration.
After the programme: you will have gained new knowledge and contacts relevant to the continued development of your innovation project.
- Contact: If you have any questions or simply want more information, please get in touch with Frida Johnson or reach out directly to your advisory contact at UU Innovation.
Broaden your horizons
The mentor programme is designed for individuals actively engaged in an innovation project with the support of UU Innovation. This implies that you have already taken steps in developing an idea for broader application. You are a researcher, a PhD candidate, or a student at Uppsala University seeking additional support and motivation to advance your project.
In addition to receiving an extra boost in the development of your innovation project, having a mentor entails:
- Gaining fresh perspectives on your idea, your research, and how they can be applied to address current and future challenges.
- Acquiring new knowledge by learning from the experiences and expertise of others.
- Expanding your network and making valuable contacts beyond the academic sphere.
The applications are open!
Apply by 5 December, 2023 for your chance to secure a spot in the programme that starts in February 2024.
How the mentor programme works
We match you with a carefully selected mentor who operates outside the academic sphere and possesses relevant experience from the business world and society, pertinent to your project.
Your mentor imparts their knowledge, assists in opening doors, and offers fresh perspectives on your idea. The mentor dedicates their time pro bono to advance your innovation project.
You and your mentor engage in six individual meetings, with you taking the initiative to schedule these sessions. The focus of these meetings revolves around the challenges and questions you wish to discuss in relation to your project, so it's essential to consider what you hope to gain from each meeting. UU Innovation can provide suggestions on meeting themes if needed.
As support, you and your mentor also have a working document that focuses on key issues in an innovation project and helps provide structure in the development of your idea.
You will also receive guidance from UU Innovation's advisors, and we will continue to support you even after the programme's completion!
You will have the opportunity to meet others at Uppsala University who are developing ideas and share an interest in creating value and contributing to innovative solutions.
All participants commence and conclude the programme together at meetings held at UU Innovation's facilities in Uppsala Science Park.
Perspectives on the mentor programme
"The very best thing was being able to bounce questions off someone who has a lot of experience in a field relevant to the idea I am developing. It helped me enormously to gain a much broader insight into what is needed in development work. I was hoping to commercialise my idea and there are many steps in that process that I wanted to learn, so I applied to the programme to get help with that. Today, I have started a company and am well on my way."
Liza Löf, researcher at the Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology and founder of Readily Diagnostics AB
"I had developed a new technology, Secretion Effect Detection (SED), which I thought could be of interest to the biopharmaceutical industry and other sectors. As a researcher, I lacked the experience I needed to move forward with SED in a good way. The mentor programme was an effective and pleasant way to get help with that. For me, the UU Innovation advisors, together with my mentor, were invaluable in terms of the support they provided in turning SED into an innovation that is useful to society."
Daniel Camsund, UU alumnus who sold the rights to his technology to an international biotech company
"I wanted to share the results of my research project and realised that it requires a different approach and a new skill set that you do not learn in academia. My mentor was a perfect fit for my project. He knows what it takes to realise an idea and to develop a practical solution to an integration challenge."
Micheline van Riemsdijk, researcher at the Department of Social and Economic Geography
“It was so cool to hear what the other participants saw as opportunities with their research, and hear them talk about their ideas and ambitions to develop new solutions. It really opened my eyes to how research, with some adaptation, can become important innovations that contribute to a better society.”
Katarina Blomkvist, researcher at the Department of Business Studies and founder of Daily Innovation 364 AB
Application for the UU Innovation Mentor Programme
The applications are open! Apply by 5 December, 2023.
Contact UU Innovation
Do you have questions about the mentor programme or your application, or do you want to talk about your idea? Get in touch with us!
Email Frida Johnson or reach out directly to your advisory contact at UU Innovation.
Do you want to become a mentor?
Do you want to help innovations from Uppsala University grow? Do you have experience that can help researchers develop their results towards the market?