Eight University of Washington spinoffs, research teams and CoMotion-supported startups pitched to local investors last week via Remo at the ninth biannual CoMotion DubPitch. Companies and projects are in various stages of development, ranging from pre-SEED funding to Series A, and are pursuing multiple paths toward commercialization — from startups, to licensing to existing companies, to a combination of both. Mentors from the CoMotion Mentor Guild provided support in advance of the event by offering guidance and recommendations to teams as they honed their presentations.
Teams presented innovations in clean tech, engineering, medical/life sciences, and software. These included:
- non-toxic technology that destroys harmful plastics in the environment
- software enabling faster charging and longer lasting batteries
- printable solar technology
- aircraft powered by plasma-based propulsion
- soft contact lens augmented reality hardware platform
- a neonatal dehydration solution
- machine learning ergonomics technology
- artificial intelligence-powered video compression
A number of team members also included UW researchers who have participated in other valuable CoMotion programs, some of which have offered competitive funding awards. These include the CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund, our Commercialization Fellows Program, STIR/SBIR application consulting, and the NSF I-Corps program. Technologies with IP originating from both within and outside the UW have either had provisional patents filed or have been granted patents.
Our next CoMotion DubPitch will be held in spring 2021. Investors interested in attending may contact us here.