In 2014, Vikram Jandhyala was intentionally brought in by the leadership including then-Provost Ana Mari Cauce to innovate tech transfer and build upon its previous successes as the Center for Commercialization. As a result, CoMotion has been built to be consistent with the vision of UW leadership to transform from a solely tech transfer/ commercialization model to an inclusive innovation hub with a focus around innovation transfer, innovation learning and innovation strategy.
Edited by CoMotion Staff
Last week, a group of 55 consuls general representing countries from around the world made a special trip to Seattle to learn best practices from one of the world’s premiere innovation ecosystems. The day began with a visit to City Hall, Fred Hutch, and the Amazon headquarters. The day concluded with a trip to CoMotion where the consuls heard from our Executive Director Vikram Jandhyala, a panel of representatives from our own CoMotion innovation ecosystem, and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
November 2015, UW CoMotion and Amazon came together to form the Amazon Catalyst program to help bring big ideas to life. Open to all three UW campuses and all disciplines, the program provides the winners with mentorship, community through the Amazon Catalyst Fellows, and funding between $10,000 and $100,000 per project. Amazon Catalyst is not a traditional research fund; it is a different kind of funding model aimed to stimulate big, bold ideas with immediate impact.
The CoMotion Innovation Fund is a partnership between CoMotion and the Washington Research Foundation to support innovations that have a high chance of creating impact but are unlikely to get there without additional funding. ”Our program is intended to help technologies and ideas get across the tipping point between the conclusion of academic research grants and the level of development at which they can attract seed stage investment,” Jeanette Ennis, the Associate Director of Innovation Investments, emphasizes.
This past weekend, we held our first Virtual Reality Pop-Up shop at the New Holly Gathering Hall, in the Othello neighborhood. This event was entirely free, open to the public, and geared towards introducing communities to virtual reality that may not normally have access or exposure to the technology. More than 150 attendees were able to test out different VR/AR devices including HTC Vives, Oculus Rifts, RICOH Theta 360s, and Google Cardboards.
Swurveys is the “All Swipe, No Type” survey tool. It’s disrupting the survey industry as it provides a solution to the boring task of making and taking surveys. Take one of our demos here and you’ll see how we do it differently.
OneRadio Corporation, a spinout from CoMotion at the University of Washington (UW), today announced that it would demonstrate its HDR receiver technology at the 2017 IEEE Radar Conference (RadarConf ’17) in Seattle, May 9th to 11th.
The UW Business Plan Competition (BPC) announced their Sweet 16 semifinalists last evening, and five of the teams have CoMotion connections. Some were assisted by a manager from our Innovation Development team, or were introduced to mentors, while others received funding in the form of development or seed grants, but all of them show CoMotion’s commitment to inclusive innovation at the University of Washington.
The University of Washington ranks seventh among national universities in a new Milken Institute report on technology transfer, “Concept to Commercialization: The Best Universities for Technology Transfer.” The report highlights the vital role research universities play in spurring economic growth.
Bunker Labs has officially expanded to Seattle and has taken up residence within CoMotion Labs @ Startup Hall. Bunker Labs is a 501(c)3 organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to help other military veterans start and grow businesses. Veterans in the Seattle region interested in starting their own businesses will now have access to resources, programs, and curriculum at Bunker Labs Seattle.