When Vincent Peak was a vendor at Spokane-based farmers markets, he noticed a growing problem: many farmers continue to grow produce after seasonal markets close, while consumers still want fresh produce but have nowhere to buy it. Inspired by a desire to close this gap, Peak dreamed up Share.Farm, an app that connects local farmers with nearby customers. Its goal is to help farmers prosper through the off-season and connecting farmers market customers with the best produce, meats, and other artisan goods in their areas year round.
Three years later, this team has reached a crucial step in the incubation process: getting the funding they need to expand their budding business. That’s why Peak, along with representatives from nine other UW and CoMotion Labs startups, pitched their businesses to investors at CoMotion’s recent DubPitch event on November 7, 2018.
“This event highlights some of the great work from our UW researchers and CoMotion Lab members,” said Lara Littlefield, CoMotion’s Associate Vice President for Innovation Strategy. “And, this time we [had] companies from several verticals including AR/VR, IT, clean tech and health sciences.”
Whether the innovation is a revolutionary cancer treatment, a tourniquet that prevents limb amputations, or a new social media app, each team has ten minutes to show investors why their company should be funded. After the pitch rounds, CoMotion hosts a networking hour where entrepreneurs and investors can connect face-to-face about funding opportunities for their products and services.
CoMotion started this event last year to create opportunities for investors to learn more about UW and CoMotion Labs startups, and to connect entrepreneurs with people who have the potential to fuel their businesses. We invite investors from our significant network to attend DubPitch and learn about innovations from our community.
To learn more about future DubPitch events, contact us.