CoMotion Funding Programs


CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund

The CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund is a partnership between CoMotion and the Washington Research Foundation to provide up to $1 million per year with $50K grants awarded to up to 20 teams. 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 Gap Fund program is intended to help technologies transition between the conclusion of academic research grants and the level of development at which they can attract seed stage investment. The grants fund market research, customer discovery, and creation of business plans.

CoMotion DubPitch

This biannual funding opportunity brings together early-stage UW startups and venture capitalists for an exchange of ideas and potential investment opportunities.  It is open to UW spinoffs, CoMotion Labs startups, WE-REACH startups, and Mobility Innovation Center teams who are currently fundraising.


CoMotion partners with WE-REACH to provide resources and project funding up to $200,000 in direct costs to accelerate impactful product development based on innovations in the life sciences. WE-REACH awards are available for the commercial development of promising life sciences technologies having a sound scientific basis and high potential for impact on health.

Commercialization Fellows Program

When they see an opportunity to accelerate a team and technology, the CoMotion Innovation Development managers will invite graduate students to apply for our highly competitive Fellows program to explore commercialization in their fields of study. Strong preference is given for graduating PhD students. Each Commercialization Fellow will work closely with both their faculty advisor and the CoMotion project team to advance commercialization activities and project development.