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Inventor mentor program

Applications now open!
inventor mentor program

Sydney Knowledge Hub is launching a mentor program for researchers who are considering the real-world impact that their research may have, and who have no or very little experience with commercialisation.

Through this pilot 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.

Applications are now closed.   If you are interested in participating in the next cohort, please complete the short expression of interest.

Who is this for?

This program is for researchers who are interested in seeing their research applied in real-world, but have little or no experience 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.

Program Purpose:

The purpose of this program is to give researchers who are new to commercialisation a safe, friendly, thoughtful partner with experience in supporting entrepreneurs. 

The program aims to help researchers: 

  • Connect to an entrepreneurial community of support 
  • Develop confidence in commercial understanding 
  • Build interpersonal skills as related to communicating research 
  • Develop an understanding of what it takes to get a technology, process, or other invention to market 

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 Mentors:

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.

Key Dates:

Mentor Sessions (for mentors and mentees)

  • 12pm - 1:30 pm Friday, 14 Oct 2022
  • 12pm - 1:30pm Friday, 11 Nov 2022
  • 12pm - 1:30pm Friday, 2 Dec 2022
  • 12pm - 1:30pm Friday, 3 Feb 2023
  • 12pm - 1pm Friday, 3 March 2023
  • 12pm - 1pm Friday, 14 April 2023

Workshops (for mentees only)

  • Workshop 1 | 2pm - 4:30pm Friday, 4 Nov 2022
  • Workshop 2 | 2pm - 4:30pm Thursday, 9 Feb 2023
  • Workshop 3 | 2pm - 4:30pm Thursday 9 March 2023

Program Guidelines:

To learn more about the commitment and the format of the program, see our Program Guidelines

If you have any questions on the program or would like to be a mentor, please contact:

Rupal Ismin 
Director, Sydney Knowledge Hub