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!
Jeanette Ennis supports UW researchers pursuing grant money to commercialize their innovations, and helps CoMotion secure economic development grant opportunities. Ennis joined CoMotion in 2009 after more than 15 years of broad research experience as a scientist, entrepreneur, and manager. Her areas of expertise include pharmacology, biochemistry, molecular biology, tissue engineering, and medical devices. She has worked with a variety of start-up companies as project manager, grant writer, and intellectual property manager, and held senior research positions at Cornell University and the UW Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. She earned a doctorate in medical and molecular pharmacology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she trained with Louis Ignarro, Nobel Laureate in Physiology. She also holds a certificate in technical writing and editing from the UW Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering.