Participants include Paramount, Discovery and Penguin Random House.

April 11, 2022

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Licensing International/Octane5

The first group of mentors and mentees in the Licensing International Mentoring Program have been paired. Launched by Licensing International and sponsor, Octane5, in January, this yearlong effort marks the industry’s first global mentoring program and is aimed at bringing the expertise of global licensing veterans to young professionals.   

Participants in this year’s program come from companies spanning multiple categories and territories, including Acamar, Beanstalk Licensing, Bulldog Licensing, Discovery, Holy Joe, Jazwares, NASCAR, Paramount, Penguin Random House, Redbubble, Rocket Licensing and SEGA. The Licensing International Mentoring Program will initially focus on regions including the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Japan. 

In addition to sponsoring the mentoring program, Octane5 is expanding its partnership with Licensing International to sponsor the Licensing International Young Professionals Network (YPN). YPN is designed to help brand licensing professionals under the age of 35 to expand their skills, network and horizons with free educational and social events. The 2022 YPN calendar kicked off March 31 in London, with more events coming soon to New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. 

“We are so excited to partner with Octane5 and appreciate their support of both the Mentoring and YPN programs,” says Maura Regan, president, Licensing International. “Mentoring is a powerful tool that has the potential to transform the licensing industry, and both of these programs provide opportunities for growth, development and the building of meaningful connections.” 

“Over 20 years ago, my brother Matt and I learned about licensing the way so many others do, by working and depending on industry veterans for advice,” says Mike Dunn, co-founder and co-president, Octane5.  “We love licensing – it’s an energetic, dynamic industry with so many great people who are willing to help the next generation. We are especially proud to play a part in helping others learn and grow.”

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