CoMotion Innovation Fund

CoMotion Innovation Fund Key Dates

SPRING 2018 KEY DATES

Please hold these dates on your calendar

Unless otherwise specified, all CoMotion Innovation Fund activities will be held at CoMotion Headquarters: 4545 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

DECLARATION: Unless otherwise indicated, all steps are mandatory and the deliverables will be used when evaluating whether or not a project should continue to move forward in this Innovation Fund cycle, and/or receive funding.

Friday, February 2nd (5pm)

The CoMotion Innovation 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. Your profile in the database will be used to facilitate matching a business advisor (mentor) with your team. Your advisor will assist you in developing a business case for your technology.

Friday, February 16th (9am-12pm)

Wednesday, February 28th (1pm-5pm)

Your team’s Primary Investigator is strongly encouraged to attend a Round Robin Feedback Session during the month of February. Email cmifund@uw.edu to confirm when you will be able to attend. This will help us to ensure there are enough advisors on-hand for all participants.

Monday, March 5 AND Wednesday, March 14 -- Times TBA

In order to help with customer discovery, we will be holding a ZAP! workshop which we *strongly* encourage you to attend. ZAP! is based on the successful National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) methods of accelerating the translation of university engineering research to the marketplace.

Teams that complete ZAP!, will be invited to participate remotely in a follow on workshop which would move them toward eligibility to apply for a $50,000 NSF I-Corps grant.

ZAP! will be offered in two parts:

March 5 and March 14.

If you choose to participate, attendance for both sessions is required. Times for the sessions will be scheduled according to interest, but please hold a 3-4 hour block on both days if you intend to participate.

Friday, March 2nd (5pm)

Friday, March 16th (5pm)

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. Your advisor and Innovation Fund Fellow can help you to draft a customer survey and help identify customer contacts.

Tuesday, March 6th (1pm-4:30pm)

Monday, March 12th (9am-12pm)

Wednesday, March 21st (9am-12pm)

Friday, March 30th (1pm-4:30pm)

The team PI must attend a Screening Pitch Session during the month of March. Email cmifund@uw.edu to select a 30 minute appointment time.

Friday, April 20th (5pm)

Tuesday, May 1st (12-5pm)

Wednesday, May 2nd (12-5pm)