Although the University of Washington and King County were in Phase 1 of Washington State’s Safe Start plan, over 60 local investors gathered on June 2nd via Zoom to hear 10 UW spinoffs pitch their startups during the eighth biannual CoMotion DubPitch.
Presenting companies came from the life sciences, hardware, clean energy, and IT & software sectors and pitched a range of innovations to address a variety of challenges. These included:
- a handheld device that can be used to detect infectious virus particles in the air
- low-cost fusion energy
- an AI-based engine for developing next-gen medicine
- digital pathology
- x-ray vision for ecommerce
- an intelligent on-scene response platform for first responders
- data visualization through virtual reality
- a safe, rapid Fecal Microbiota Transplant solution
- urology infection prevention
- scalable cellphone and spectrum usage
Over a two-day period prior to the event, a group of 20 mentors from the UW CoMotion Mentor Guild assembled to listen to the teams pitch and offered suggestions, asked questions, and made sure their pitches were in great shape. Many of the teams also participated in and received funding from CoMotion and other UW innovation programs. Among these are the CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund, Commercialization Fellows Program, I-Corps, Foster School of Business Entrepreneurship Competitions, and the Jones & Foster Accelerator program. In addition, a few teams have participated in previous CoMotion DubPitch events, while a member of the Aerospec team has the prestigious honor of receiving the newly announced CoMotion Director’s Award.
Our next CoMotion DubPitch will be held in fall 2020. Investors interested in attending may contact us here.