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, 95% 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 98% 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 2018-2019 programs, 52% of mentees had met one to five contacts in their mentor’s network, while 21% had met six or more. Aditionally, 92% of mentors have agreed and plan to maintain contact with their mentee.