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KTH Innovation Mentor Program

In this program, we match KTH researchers with experienced business mentors, who will bring new perspectives on research impact and commercialization and can open doors to the business community. Widen your network outside of academia and build your knowledge of how to create impact with your research.

About the program

The program includes: Six individual mentor meetings. Kick-off and final session with all teams in the program. All meetings will be held digitally until further notice.

Program period: Six months

Cost: The program is free of charge. 

Application period: Application to the program is opens again in the fall of 2021.

Who can apply? Researchers, PhD students and employees at KTH (both individuals and teams) with interest in research impact or commercialization, and who are committed to working together with an external business mentor to develop their commercialization project. The program is also open for application for teams in the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program.

After the program: You will have grown your network outside of academia and learned more about commercialization and research impact.  

Interested in joining the KTH Innovation mentor program?

The application period to the KTH Innovation mentor program will open in 2021. Sign up and we'll send you a reminder when it's time to apply. 

Networking and new knowledge

The KTH Innovation Mentor Program gives you as a KTH researcher* the opportunity to work together with an experienced mentor who will:

  • share their experience and help you build knowledge and understanding on how to create impact from your research and bring your project closer to market.
  • help you widen your network outside of academia, by for example introducing you to people who will benefit your commercialization project

A mentor meeting your needs

KTH Innovation will match you with a mentor we believe will suit you and meet your needs. The members of the mentor network come from outside academia and have many years of experience from working with startups and in industry. They work pro-bono and are committed to supporting you as you create impact with your research. The purpose of the program is to support more researchers at KTH to turn their research into something that can benefit society.

Monthly individual meetings

You will set up individual meetings with your mentor about once a month to talk about the current challenges you are facing when creating impact with your technology and other topics of interest. The specific topics are up to you and your mentor to decide, but KTH Innovation has developed a framework that you can follow. We expect you to be involved and committed to the program.

A six month program

The program runs for six months. The participants in the program start and finish it together, which is also a great opportunity to meet other people at KTH interested in research impact and commercialization.

Continued parellel support from KTH Innovation

The mentor will not replace the support you get from KTH Innovation and your business development coach. The mentor is there as an extra support to give you new insights and networks.

Apply to the KTH Innovation Mentor Program

Take the opportunity to broaden your horizons, develop your commercialization project and learn more about entrepreneurship and research impact from experienced people from industry and startups. 

* The program is also open for application for teams in the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program.

Portrait of Elaheh Etemadi

Getting a mentor is one of the best things that has happened to me since I came to KTH. My mentor Håkan taught me how to think, what's important to focus on and he opened the door to great contacts. I would really recommend others to apply!

- Elaheh Etemadi, Founder of Joosh and PhD student at the Department of Solid Mechanics at KTH

Elaheh is very ambitious and asked great questions. It's a lot of fun to work with younger people and follow their thought process. Being a mentor was a learning process for me as well. I can contribute with experience but I also wanted to get something out of our exchange, and that wish was really granted.

- Håkan Nytorp, investerare med 30 års erfarenhet från ABB

Become a mentor

Do you want to become a mentor at KTH Innovation? Read more and express your interest.   

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