Through this program, researchers will be matched with external mentors who are there to provide support, guidance, and connections for those who may be thinking about market opportunities for the first time.
Program guidelines can be found here.
Who is this for?
This program is for researchers who are interested in seeing their research applied in the real-world but have little or no experience or confidence with commercialisation.
Participants must be a researcher (staff or higher degree researcher) at the University of Sydney at the start and for the duration of the program.
The purpose of this program is to give researchers who are new to commercialisation a safe, friendly, thoughtful external partner who has experience in supporting research entrepreneurs.
The program aims to help researchers:
The program provides an opportunity for mentees and mentors to develop a trusting relationship by meeting regularly and discussing matters relating to career development. Enhance collaboration and communication throughout the Portfolio and cross-University, enabling staff to connect with others outside their direct team.
The 2022 Mentees said their next steps as a result of the program included:
...and many others say they are now hunting for industry partners.
Our pool of external mentors are wonderful supporters of research commercialisation, and are there to encourage and support you, help you brainstorm, and connect you to others that may be able to help.
They consist of alumni, venture capital friends of Sydney Knowledge Hub, and other experienced professionals. We will match mentees with mentors that have experience in their particular area.
If you want to become a Mentor, reach out to:
Program Manager, Sydney Knowledge Hub
Mentor Sessions (for mentors and mentees)
Workshops (for mentees only)
This program is an incredible opportunity for researchers who want to see their research ideas come to life in the real world but have little or no experience with commercialisation. It’s a friendly and safe environment where you can build confidence in commercial understanding with additional workshops to help facilitate this.