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CoMotion-supported teams among winners of EIC

Written by Kathryn Liu / March 30, 2018

The Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC), hosted by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, wrapped up last night with prizes awarded to student teams from five different schools and universities. The grand prize winners were BioPots, BeeToxx, and Feris Freight. In addition, the UW Clean Energy Institute prize went to Battery Informatics. And the “Judges Also Really Liked” (JARL) awards went to 4th-Phase and WOLF Solutions.

CoMotion is pleased to have had a hand in supporting two of the above winning teams — Battery Informatics and 4th Phase. Comprised of a team of UW Business and Chemical Engineering students, Battery Informatics created valuation algorithms to give customers the ability to increase the life and performance of their energy storage projects involving lithium-ion batteries. As a UW startup, Battery Informatics has licensed technologies from the labs of Venkat Subramanian and Dan Schwartz and has received a CoMotion Innovation Fund among other support.

4th-Phase is a team of MBA, Business, Bioengineering, and Materials Science and Engineering students who developed a water technology that boosts plant yields by up to fifty percent. 4th-Phase joined CoMotion Labs, CoMotion’s multi-industry labs system, in 2016. Since then, CoMotion has assisted them with flexible office space and navigating cost centers on campus. They also benefit from the weekly Fundamentals for Startup Fridays and office hours programs which give them access to potential funders and service providers.

For the full story on all the winning teams, read the Buerk story here. Congratulations to all the winners!