Innovationsledarna Mentoring Program 2020

Applications to 2020 program are now open! Would you like to share your knowledge or get insights from one of our amazing mentors? Please apply here.

All Innovationsledarna members (with paid yearly fee) can apply to Innovationsledarna Mentoring Program. The purpose of this program is to:

- To provide a formal structure for professional development of members through mentoring

- Help ”young” innovation professionals to overcome their challenges and be successful

”I think the mentoring program is a great way to meet more experienced innovation managers that can provide valuable knowledge, experiences and contacts. I´m grateful for the support I got from Donnie and would recommend anyone to use the opportunity to participate in the program.” Nina Bozic Yams, Innovation Management researcher and project leader, RISE SICS Västerås. IL Mentee

Next IL mentoring program. 2020

Application period: September 25th 2019 –December 31st 2019

Who can apply? Paid Innovationsledarna members

Program start: February 2020

Program duration: February 2020  to December 2020


IL mentoring program Structure

Below is a preliminary schedule. The exact dates to be confirmed in December 2019.

-Formal kick off on February 12th 2020 

-Four individual meetings during the year

-One mid-term meeting on May 12th 2020

-Program closure event on December 2nd 2020

-Mid and end of program survey in May 2020 and January 2021.

It is the responsibility of mentee to arrange individual meetings and drive the agenda.

”Invaluable! My mentor helped me to grow both as an innovation management professional and as a leader”. Helena Malmberg, Innovation Manager at Scania. IL Mentee

Matching process:

Matching is done by program organisers with mentee interests and priorities in mind. After the application period is closed all mentees will receive a list of potential mentors. You will have an opportunity to give us feedback on your priorities for matching.

While we try our best to find a matching mentor or mentee for everybody, we can’t guarantee that. Shall we have more mentees than mentors, we will assign mentors on the first-come, first-served basis.

Some of our amazing mentors from 2018 & 2019 program

 ToveWeigel StefanVlachos GunnarStorfeldt  Liselotte-Engstam
Tove Weigel Stefan Vlachos Gunnar Storfeldt Liselotte Engstam
Deputy Range Development Manager at IKEA Group Head of the Innovation Center at Karolinska University Hospital Managing Director and Co-founder at Amplify Non Executive Board Director, Advisor, Startup Coach
 SofiaOhnel  IvoKukavica
Sofia Ohnell Ivo Kukavica Erik Ronne Leif Denti
Innovation – Strategy, Portfolio, Program, Project – Communication at Volvo Group Innovation Catalyst at Telia Company Vice President Innovation at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden PhD, Innovation Leadership and Management at University of Gothenburg

What is mentoring? 

”Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.” Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring

In mentoring, the relationship between mentor and mentee is of vast importance. It is characterized by a high degree of trust and mutual regard. The mentor helps the mentee realize his or her own potential, aiding the mentee in becoming what he or she aspires to be.

Mentor’s role differs from a role of a coach, consultant, trainer, manager or a friend.

“It has been a very interesting and rewarding experience for me”. Sten Jacobson, Innovation Expert and Director Level Consultant. Innovation 360. IL Mentor

Guidelines for participants 

1.Care about the relationship and develop it

2. Clarify the aims and objectives of the mentoring

3. Active listening – Mentorship relationship works best, when both are curious about each other. Mentorship relationship at its worst, when both parties talk about themselves without actively listening to each other.

4. Be open and honest

In short, be the mentor or mentee you wish you had yourself!