Key Dates for CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund

Activities, deadlines, and other dates

Note: The dates below refer to the Spring 2022 cycle. Dates for the Fall 2022 cycle will be posted soon.

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 S2022 CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund Packet.

Declarations of Intent: Database Profile Due

Monday, March 7 (5pm)

The Declaration of Intent (DOI) is an active, updated profile in the “CoMotion Advisory Solutions” Chronus database.

If you already have a profile in the database, you will need to login and edit your profile. Select “CoMotion Advisory Solutions Programs: What specific program are you applying for?: Innovation Gap Fund, SPRING 2022.”

If you do not have a profile in the database, you will need to create one at https://uwcomotion.chronus.com/. Make sure to select “CoMotion Advisory Solutions Program: What specific program are you applying for?: Innovation Gap Fund, SPRING 2022.”

CONSIDER NOT USING YOUR UW NETID/EMAIL WHEN CREATING YOUR PROFILE. All correspondence during the Innovation Gap Fund process will be sent to the email address associated with the team profile. This should belong to the PI or Team Lead. Some teams find it useful to set up an external email account (Gmail, Yahoo, etc….) to which all team members have access. A team will have only one profile (account) in the database regardless of whether the PI sets up an external email or uses a UW email address. The login password can be shared so all team members can have access to the database. If your Team PI (Team Lead) is NOT eligible as a UW fiscal PI, please contact cmifund@uw.edu for instructions for completing your profile.

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

WE-REACH APPLICANTS: WE-REACH applicants will be required to submit all of the Innovation Gap Fund deliverables and to present a pitch during the WE-REACH Final Review session. WE-REACH applicants should follow the instructions in the WE-REACH RFP found on the WE-REACH opportunity page.

Customer Discovery Workshop - Optional

Thursday, March 24 (8:30am-10:30am)

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.

Skinny Canvas due

Monday, March 28 (5pm)

Round Robin Feedback Sessions – OPTIONAL

Wednesday, March 30 (8:30am-11:30am)
Tuesday, April 5 (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.

Customer Discovery worksheet, *revised full Lean Canvas due

Monday, April 11 (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.

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

Side deck draft due

Monday, April 18 (5:00pm)

Pitch Practice Sessions – MANDATORY

Tuesday, April 26 (1pm-5pm)
Thursday, May 5 (8am-12pm)
Tuesday, May 10 (1pm-5pm)
Wednesday, May 18 (8am-12pm)

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

Customer Discovery summary and *revised Lean Canvas Due

Monday, May 9 (5:00pm)

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

Full proposal due

Monday, May 23 (5pm)

Final Reviews: Engineering/IT/Social Impact

Wednesday, June 1 (9am-4pm)

Final Reviews: Life Sciences

Thursday, June 2 (9am-4pm)

Award announcements

Friday, June 17

Kickoff meetings scheduled

TBA

Projects begin

July 1, 2022