Engage in Mentoring

About Mentor Match

Important Note: Once your enrollment in the portal is complete, you must take the next step and search for a mentor or mentee in order to match. The portal does not do this automatically.

Welcome! Our AUTM Mentor Match program reflects our commitment to you and your professional development. This unique online networking and career development tool helps you find, connect and share experiences with others. Your mentor or mentee can be in the same city or on the other side of the world. 

Why seek mentorship through the AUTM Mentor Match Program? 

  •   Receive guidance on how to grow and advance your career in academic technology commercialization from someone who has been in your shoes.
Grow your professional network through your mentor and their connections. Experienced people know other experienced people.
Exposure to different experiences and different ways of thinking.   
A sounding board and a "reality check" for your approaches to dealing with career situations and challenges.

Why become a Mentor?

  •   An opportunity to give back. When you were first getting started in your career, others helped you find your way; now you can help someone else find theirs.
AUTM as an organization has always been about professional development and excellence. Being a mentor allows you to play your part as an individual.
An opportunity to be exposed the new thoughts and fresh ideas from your mentee.

Mentorship Roadmap 

  •   •   As a guide for both Mentors and Mentees please view the Mentorship Roadmap specifically designed for AUTM's Mentorship Program. 
You can apply to our AUTM Mentor Match program in four simple steps: 

1. Start

Complete your AUTM profile. Make sure your contact information is up to date, add a recent professional profile picture, expand on your bio and import your education and job history information from LinkedIn. Having a complete and accurate profile is crucial to the success of selection and matching. Profile complete? Return to this page for step 2. 

2. Enroll

Are you looking to be a mentor or mentee? Perhaps both? Sign up: 

  •   Enroll as a Mentor
  •   Enroll as a Mentee

Make selections for each of the program demographics to set your preferences. Demographics include: topics, venue, specialties, career stage and start/end date. Please note that some fields are required for enrollment. The more information you provide, the easier it will be to make the best match. Keep in mind in order to request a mentor or mentee, you must be enrolled in the program. 

3. Search

Search for a mentee
Search for a mentor

Use the Mentor Program Directory to input your search criteria. Choose from a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  •   IP Valuation
  •   Office Management
  •   Royalty Structures
  •   Other

You can also take advantage of features to help you find and recruit matches: 

  •  Track your mentoring relationships
Participate in discussion forums on mentoring topics
Search for helpful mentoring resources 

4. Connect

Congratulations! You're all set. You completed steps 1-3 and are now ready for the fun stuff. Let the mentoring begin. Do one search or multiple searches. If you're unsure of the search criteria, select "Search for ALL of the selected values." The Mentor Program Directory will do the work for you and populate the results. 

When you find someone with whom you'd like to establish a mentor/mentee connection, click on that member's name. The link will bring you to their profile page. Look around. If you think it's a desired match, look under their profile image for the Mentor Match badge. Click the badge to request a connection. If it's not a desired match, you can simply select the back button and return to your previous search results. 

Important Note: Once your enrollment in the portal is complete, you must take the next step and search for a mentor or mentee in order to match. The portal does not do this automatically.



"I have been truly fortunate to be a member of AUTM since early in my career in technology transfer. Now, as a more than twenty-year member and volunteer, the mentorship program provides me a way to give back in a very direct manner to not only give back to the profession, but learn from and network with the next generation that will lead the way in advancing academic innovations."


Kirsten Leute

Senior Vice President of University Relations

Osage University Partners


“The AUTM Mentorship Program has been an invaluable resource for me as I have begun my career in technology transfer.  My mentor—a senior-level professional—has provided me unfettered access to his fifteen years of experience, coaching me on how to advance my career as well as giving advice on how to deal with specific agreements and situations.  It has accelerated my TTO education beyond measure and given me the confidence to take on responsibilities within my own institution that I would not have otherwise.”

Gregory S. Stein

Licensing Associate

Office of Technology Transfer & Intellectual Property Development

Tulane University

"The AUTM Mentorship Program is a fantastic resource! The program organizers did a wonderful job matching me with a mentor whose experience aligns with my professional interests. The program provides a “roadmap” for mentors and mentees, which gives helpful guidance for discussion topics and activities while also being open-ended enough to allow for organic interactions. My mentor has been an excellent resource in learning more about the field: she is always available to answer questions, has sent me interesting books, has pointed me towards relevant training courses, and has introduced me to colleagues. I have loved my experience as a mentee and hope to one day be a mentor. I highly recommend the AUTM Mentorship Program for anyone new to the tech transfer field!"


Kimberly Griffin, Ph.D.

Technology Transfer Manager

NCI Technology Transfer Center