Mentoring programs promote collaborative learning environments that, in turn, foster the development of aspiring innovators. Mentors can provide access to networks, internships, and resources for education and professional growth. Experienced inventors who serve as mentors can also share insights about intellectual property protection. Because of these benefits, mentoring is especially important for women and those from other under-represented groups in the innovation community, who often face barriers to opportunities that would advance their careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and their ability to obtain patents, commercialize their inventions, and start businesses.
Create a mentoring program
The United States Patent and Trademark Office encourages companies and other organizations to start their own mentoring programs. Our mentoring toolkit provides information to help you start and maintain your program, including guides and templates.