Mentor4Research at Uppsala University
Broaden your horizons
Mentoring programme for researchers and PhD students 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 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.
The programme runs yearly from February to November.
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!
3 questions to 3 researchers
We asked three researchers from different research fields to share their view on the Mentor4Research programme by answering three questions.
Looking for answers to stress in school
Mental health issues in children are on the rise, but we do not really know why. This is the opinion of Malin Eriksson, who wants to look for answers with one foot in research and the other in the corporate world. Participating in Mentor4Research became her first step.
"A platform for scientific growth and development"
Verónica Rendo is a doctoral student at Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology. She joined Mentor4Research in 2017 and at the end of the programme, since she was the researcher who developed the most during the year, she was awarded a trip to the startup event, SLUSH, in Helsinki together with her mentor, Markus Thor. Read about Verónicas experience of both Mentor4Research and SLUSH.
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.
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.
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.