CoMotion Innovation Fund

CoMotion Innovation Fund Key Dates

FALL 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

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.

Declarations of Intent: Database Profile Due

Friday, August 17th (5pm)

The CoMotion Innovation Fund Declaration of Intent (DOI) will be submitted via the CoMotion 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.

Customer Discovery Workshop — OPTIONAL

Monday, August 27th (3-6 PM)

In order to help with customer discovery, we will be holding a Customer Discovery workshop which we *strongly* encourage you to attend. Our workshop is based on the successful National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) methods of accelerating the translation of university engineering research to the marketplace. Contact us at cmifund@uw.edu to reserve a space in the Workshop.

Round Robin Feedback Sessions – OPTIONAL

  • Tuesday, September 4th (8am-12pm)
  • Friday, September 21st (8am-12pm)

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.

Lean Canvas Due

Friday, September 21st (5pm)

Customer Discovery Worksheet Due

Friday, September 28th (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 can help you to draft a customer survey and help identify customer contacts.

Pitch Practice Sessions – MANDATORY

  • Monday, October 1st (8am-12pm)
  • Tuesday, October 9th (1pm-5pm) *(This date only: CoMotion HQ Room 440)
  • Wednesday, October 17th (8am-12pm)
  • Friday, October 26th (1pm-5pm)

The team PI/Team Lead must attend a Pitch Practice Session during the month of October. Email cmifund@uw.edu to select a 30 minute appointment time.

Customer Survey Summary and Revised Lean Canvas Due

Friday, October 19th (5pm)

Full Proposal Due

Friday, November 2nd (5pm)

Final Reviews: Life Sciences

Tuesday, November 13th (12-5pm)

Final Reviews: Engineering

Wednesday, November 14th (12-5pm)

Award Announcements

By December 3rd

Kickoff Meetings Scheduled

TBA

Projects Begin

January 2019