About Us

CoMotion Framework

Our Unique 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 Training, 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.

Innovation Transfer

Helping innovators make real-world impact

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

Innovation Training

Infusing the practice of innovation into the community

Innovation training exposes the University of Washington and greater Seattle area communities to innovative thinking through workshops and events which integrate, for example, design thinking and lean canvas methods. Innovation Training also supports the University of Washington’s Innovation Imperative by developing programs that expose students, faculty, and staff to innovative thinking and the innovation ecosystem.

Through workshops based on our innovation practices and tools, we help various University of Washington and community organizations find inventive solutions to challenges they encounter. We work with individual teams and organizations to create custom workshops that address the unique challenges and opportunities they face.

We also offer ideathons, which are short, intensive, workshop-like experiences for students to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Ideathons transform ideas into engaging and targeted learning experiences. Working in teams, students use design thinking and innovative learning practices to ideate on possible solutions to a given issue. Our goal in offering ideathons is to work toward inclusive innovation. For more information contact Magali Eaton at colearn@uw.edu.

Innovation Strategy

Creating new initiatives and partnerships

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 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 Innovation Quadrant

Innovations begin with an idea or creation (see lower right quadrant) and we have a number of ways at the UW to light that fire including our MakerSpace our Ideathons and workshops.

They then move on to the building phase where we support them with innovation development, IP management, funding, mentors and other learning opportunities.

Next, they move into the morphing, or forming, stage where we offer CoMotion Labs startup programs and space, training, advisors and connections to funding. Last, they progress to the scaling phase which includes acquisitions and IPOs, job creation, contributing to the economic development of Washington and beyond, philanthropy, social good, and instilling an innovation mindset.

Last, the outer circle of the quadrant describes the innovation mindset that we work to instill and amplify throughout the UW community. These include factors like empathy, creative problem solving, agility, diversity of thought and collaboration.