innovation training
We deliver just-in-time learning opportunities for all types of innovation

Innovation Training

At CoMotion, we offer innovation trainings based on globally recognized practices grounded in scholarship and real-world application. Open to UW research teams, students, and others from the UW community, our trainings are designed to build up the mindset, tools and skills essential to achieve economic and societal impact with teams’ innovations.

Upcoming open enrollment trainings

For UW grad students and postdocs: Taking your research to market impact

Our next workshop “Exploring career paths: Taking your research to market impact” is for UW graduate students and postdocs interested in exploring how to take their research out into the world as a possible career path. In this training, presented via Zoom, you will hear about the four paths researchers usually take to create market impact with their research, and the resources available as you consider this possible career track. Learn more on our “Upcoming Trainings” page.

For entire UW community: National Science Foundation I-Corps

This National Science Foundation (NSF) program, open to the entire UW community, funds research projects ready to move towards commercialization. Gain skills in entrepreneurship through training, develop a mentor network of seasoned entrepreneurs, and receive $2,500 to fund the customer discovery process. Learn more about I-Corps.

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We also come to your department

In addition to our open enrollment trainings above, we come to interested departments, research groups and applied classes to deliver training. See our training framework below. Please contact us at if you are interested in having us come and run a workshop or seminar in your department.

Research to impact seminars: Picturing the road ahead

This seminar series is designed to help researchers and teams set themselves and their project up for success, by:

  • offering key insights into what commercializing an innovation looks like, and
  • providing just-in-time information on cornerstone concepts and available resources at CoMotion and beyond to leverage as they get started.

Skills and tools for commercialization

Whether you are planning to launch a startup, create a not-for-profit organization, license your innovation to industry, or offer it to the world for free, there are common steps to take in order to make sure your project is successful. CoMotion offers workshops to help teams build skills and practice tools to lead commercialization projects to impact.

Online training resources

An archive of past lectures and seminars can be found on our Innovation Training video page and our Fundamentals for Startups Friday video page.

Our commercialization manual can be downloaded here.

Hear from UW researchers about our trainings

Join us at one of our regular events

In addition to the trainings above, anyone interested in startup creation is encouraged to attend or live stream our Fundamentals for Startups Fridays lecture series in Fluke Hall in the 3rd floor Idea Lab. Occurring every Friday over lunch during the school year, the series features experienced entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts that help close the gap in startup knowledge. Please find the next session on our events calendar and RSVP via the link found on the session’s page. Lunch is provided.