An AI-agent personal trainer. Sensor molecules that report time and temperature of a surface. A workplace empathy program. Treating cancer with holographic beams.
These are just some of the fascinating technologies, products, and services in development by University of Washington faculty and students that were pitched earlier this month in efforts to secure a CoMotion Innovation Fund.
The CoMotion Innovation Fund is a partnership between CoMotion and the Washington Research Foundation/WRF Capital to provide up to $1 million per year for applied research. Our mission is to fund and support projects that have a high chance to have impact but are unlikely to get there without gap funding. The Innovation Fund program is intended to help technologies get across the bridge between the conclusion of academic research grants and the level of development at which they can attract seed stage investment. Seed stage investment could come from commercial investors, but also from investors looking for social rather than commercial impact.