The members of the KTH Innovation Mentor Network want to help ideas and research from KTH reach a market and create impact for more people. Now, you have the chance to get a personal mentor who can guide you on the path from research to impact through commercialization. Apply to the KTH Innovation Mentor Program!
Facts about the Mentor program
The program includes: Six individual mentor meetings. Kick-off and final session with all teams in the program.
Program period: Six months.
Cost: The program is free of charge.
Who can apply? Researchers, PhD students and employees at KTH (both individuals and teams) with ideas or research results with potential to create impact and value on the market. The program is also open for application for teams phase two in the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program. You need to be committed to working together with an external business mentor to develop your commercialization project.
After the program: You will have developed your commercialization project, grown your network outside of academia and learned more about commercialization and research impact.
The KTH Innovation Mentor Program aims to help researchers at KTH in your work to create impact, focusing specifically on commercialization.
We match researchers and PhD students with a hand-picked mentor who has experience from industry and startups.
Your mentor will share their experience and knowledge, help open doors, and contribute with new perspectives on your idea, so that your research can reach a market and create impact for more people.
Why join the mentor program?
Get new perspectives on your idea, research and different ways to the market.
Benefit from your mentor's experience and insights.
Get to know people from different backgrounds with experience from outside of the academic world.
Who should apply?
You are a researcher or PhD student at KTH*. You have an initial idea of how your research could create impact on the market and have started taking steps to develop your idea, or you have an ongoing commercialization project. You want an extra guide on your journey from research result to market.
The mentors in our network work pro-bono to help you find different ways that your research could reach the market.
The mentors come from outside of academia and have many years of experience of starting their own companies or having worked in industry. They share their knowledge, help open doors and can contribute with new perspectives on your idea.
94% of the participants in the 2021 edition of the Mentor Program gave their mentor a score of 4 or 5 out of 5, where five was the top mark.
"As researchers, we focus on something very specific and only share it with people who are doing more or less the same thing. Hearing someone from the outside say "that’s a good idea, that can work" is really inspiring."
- Amparo Jimenez Quero
"If only one percent of your brain feels that starting a business is a viable option, then you can learn a lot from this experience. I recommend the program to 100%!"
“The KTH Innovation Mentor Program was well structured and enjoyable to participate in. It fills an important function to give researchers the opportunity to connect and learn from innovators and entrepreneurs who have had a similar journey. As a KTH alumnus I was also excited to see the many innovations presented. After mentoring Lauren, I am happy to have gotten to know a very driven scientist and I look forward to see her innovation and business idea grow into a venture."
- Mohamad Takwa, scientist, entrepreneur and investor. Mentor to Lauren McKee.