CoMotion® at the University of Washington is the collaborative innovation hub dedicated to expanding the societal impact of the UW community. By developing and connecting local and global innovation ecosystems, CoMotion helps innovators achieve the greatest impact from their discoveries.
We deliver the tools and connections that UW researchers and students need to accelerate the impact of their innovations.
"Co Motion" (noun) 1. proceeding together at a faster speed,
2. jets of creativity.
CoMotion Innovation Framework
CoMotion exists for innovators -- for those with a compelling vision who want to see that vision come to life. With a framework built on Innovation Transfer, Innovation Learning, and Innovation Strategy, these pillars provide essential elements for how CoMotion helps innovators achieve the greatest impact from their ideas and discoveries.
We bring together the broader community to stimulate the collective impact that UW students and researchers are making in the world.
Our goal is to provide the mentoring and resources that UW innovators need at a granularity that blends into the pace of their work.
As a national leader in university technology transfer, we guide innovators from the UW community through the journey of the commercialization process including project development, intellectual property planning and protection, marketing, licensing and post-licensing support. With partners across the UW and throughout Seattle, we provide UW researchers with an excellent environment for starting new companies. We help plan and resource the development of customer relationships and product prototypes. We accelerate the process of problem-solving and shorten the path to success by providing:
- multi-industry startups inside and outside the UW community with programs and space through our CoMotion Labs
- resources through an Innovation Fund, and
- mentorship through our Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, advisory boards and mentors
We promote innovation learning by transforming ideas into engaging and targeted learning experiences. We expose students, faculty and staff to innovative thinking and the innovation ecosystem; and we incubate new cross-discipline educational models. We also offer faculty, staff and students trainings and workshops on innovative thinking, pitching, how to fund innovations, marketing strategy, business development and more.
We create new initiatives for the UW to adapt to a dynamic, ever-changing educational landscape. One of these is the Global Innovation Exchange to develop thought leaders in innovation, and another is our public/private partnership grant program called Amazon Catalyst. We believe anyone can innovate and we work to instill an innovation mindset throughout the University and foster an environment where the courage to take risks is understood to be part of the path to success..
*CoMotion is a registered trademark of the University of Washington.