Spring 2021 Key Dates for CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund

Activities, deadlines, and other dates

Please hold these dates on your calendar. Unless otherwise specified, all Innovation Gap Fund activities will be held via Zoom. Unless otherwise indicated, all steps are mandatory and the deliverables will be used when evaluating whether or not a project should receive funding. For more information view the S2021 CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund Packet.

Declarations of Intent: Database Profile Due

Friday, February 5th (5pm)

The Innovation Gap Fund Declaration of Intent (DOI) will be submitted via the CoMotion Online Advisory Solutions Database. Ask your Innovation Manager for a link to set up a profile, or click here to be taken directly to the database.

If you already have a profile in the database, you will need to login and edit your profile and select “CoMotion Advisory Solutions Program: What specific program are you applying for?: Innovation Gap Fund, SPRING 2021.”

If you do not have a profile in the database, you will need to create one: https://uwcomotion.chronus.com/. Make sure to select “CoMotion Advisory Solutions Program: What specific program are you applying for?:

CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund, SPRING 2021.”

Your profile in the database will be used to facilitate matching a business advisor with your team. Your advisor will assist you in developing a business case for your technology. Please answer all of the questions as best as you can.

Customer Discovery Workshop - Optional

Thursday, February 11th, (1:00pm-4:00pm)

Your team’s PI is strongly encouraged to attend the Customer Discovery Workshop. Email cmifund@uw.edu to confirm attendance. Teams who have participated in the NSF-I-Corps Program do not need to attend.

Round Robin Feedback Sessions – OPTIONAL

Tuesday, February 23rd, (8:30am-11:30am)
Thursday, March 4th (8:30am-11:30am)

Your team’s PI is strongly encouraged to attend a Round Robin Feedback Session. Email cmifund@uw.edu to confirm when you will be able to attend. This will help us ensure there are enough mentors available for all participants.

Round Robin Feedback Sessions – OPTIONAL

Tuesday, February 23rd, (8:30am-11:30am)
Thursday, March 4th (8:30am-11:30am)

Your team’s PI is strongly encouraged to attend a Round Robin Feedback Session. Email cmifund@uw.edu to confirm when you will be able to attend. This will help us ensure there are enough mentors available for all participants.

Lean Canvas due

Friday, March 5th (5pm)

Customer Discovery worksheet due

Friday, March 19th (5:00pm)

Obtaining customer feedback is a vital part of validating the market need, identifying early adopters, and determining potential buyers. You will be required to describe the customer landscape and provide specific customer feedback as part of the application process.

Pitch Practice Sessions – MANDATORY

Friday, March 26th (1pm-5pm)
Wednesday, March 31st (1pm-5pm)
Tuesday, April 6th (8am-12pm)
Wednesday, April 12th (8am-12pm)

The team PI must attend a Pitch Practice Session. Email cmifund@uw.edu to select a 30-minute appointment time.

Customer Survey Summary and *revised Lean Canvas Due

Friday, April 2nd (5pm)

*Mark revisions to original Lean Canvas either with a new color or a changed font.

Full proposal due

Friday, April 16th (5pm)

NOTE: Dean, Chair, etc. signatures are required on the application form, please plan accordingly!

Final Reviews: WE-REACH Life Sciences

Tuesday, May 4th (12-5pm)

Final Reviews: Engineering/IT/Social Innovation

Wednesday, May 5th (12-5pm)

Final Reviews: Life Sciences

Thursday, May 6th (12-5pm)

Murdock Trust application deadline (for selected team)

Monday, May 31st

Award announcements

TBA

Kickoff meetings scheduled

TBA

Projects begin

July 2021

Murdock Trust Award Announcement

August 2021