Momentum Mentor Network
Mentorship is a well-established method of transferring knowledge and advice from generation to generation. As Indiana’s health science sector has grown and developed, we have cultivated a rich resource of individuals with a variety of experiences in starting and guiding companies, raising funds, managing teams, and building business networks, all while succeeding and even sometimes failing at any and all of it. To truly advance life sciences in Indiana we need a market differentiator – a program that will put us in league with other major life science clusters and allow us to tap into both our local expertise and engage large industry through more effective and efficient dialogue. In Indiana, IHIF is uniquely positioned to be a communication bridge between large industry, the state’s business leaders, and health science entrepreneurs – making sure that the needs of each group are met through facilitated interactions and a variety of targeted programming.
Momentum Mentor Networks: A Three-Part Program
IHIF is developing a mentor network to better tie industry, our research community, and our entrepreneurs together. The programs will encourage earlier interaction between industry and investigators, provide earlier feedback on ideas and company development, and encourage later stage entrepreneurial growth and development.
IHIF’s mentor network will work across three functional areas:
1) Connect the research and discovery interests of large industry with faculty members in the state’s research universities. Discovery Days programs will help industry become more familiar with members of Indiana’s research community and help give investigators more direct context and applications for their discoveries.
2) Provide individual investigators who would like to commercialize their discoveries with access to a customized network of industry mentors. The PRIMER program will provide guidance and feedback at the earliest stages of discovery and contemplated company formation.
3) Work with established entrepreneurial companies to enhance their business skills and build their networks. The Team Mentorship program will work to prepare entrepreneurial companies to compete more effectively for funding.
The Team Mentorship program will begin enrolling mentors in May 2014. For more information on this program, please follow this link.
Details of the Discovery Days and PRIMER programs will be announced in the summer of 2014. If you would like to be notified, please contact IHIF at:firstname.lastname@example.org