The IMNIS initiative helps mentees strengthen their ‘soft skills’, extend their professional networks, engage and collaborate with industry and become more informed about opportunities beyond academia.

When surveyed, 93% of mentees agreed they have “a better understanding of industry, the skills needed to succeed, the careers available and a network extended beyond academia”. Mentors reinforced this with 95% agreeing their mentee had achieved the same.

IMNIS facilitates broad professional networking and builds strong connections between industry and academia. After the completion of the 2017-2018 programs, 70% of mentees had met up to five contacts in their mentor’s network, while 30% had met six or more.