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Help University of Washington innovators achieve the greatest impact from their ideas and discoveries by supporting the CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund
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Ways to Support Innovation at UW CoMotion

There are many ways to get involved – you can mentor a team, support early stage tech through the Innovation Gap Fund, or you can sponsor programs.

Donate your time and expertise - become a mentor

CoMotion offers a variety of opportunities for mentors to get involved and connect with University of Washington researchers on the path to commercializing their innovations or in the early stages of a startup company. Mentors offer business development knowledge, pitch coaching, networking connections, subject matter expertise, and/or help with team building. Some mentors may transition to key roles within the startup including as CEO or advisory board members. Visit our mentors overview page for more information, or to sign up directly click here.

Support the Innovation Gap Fund

Partner with CoMotion leadership to develop a new track or expand an existing track of the CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund. Current funders included the Washington Research Foundation, BECU, and departments and colleges across UW. Award competitions are held 2x year and the awards provide winning teams with the seed funding necessary to create business plans, develop prototypes, and conduct customer research. CoMotion awards $1M annually to up to 20 teams (up to $50K per team) in the fields of health sciences/life sciences, IT/software, and emerging technologies. In Fall 2019, CoMotion introduced its first Fintech track, sponsored by BECU. Benefits include meeting the teams who are participating in the competition and getting an early look at emerging ideas and technologies, in addition to prominent placement on the CoMotion website, newsletters, and social media channels, as well as signage and recognition at events. You can also make a gift to the CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund.

Support the Mobility Innovation Center

The University of Washington and Challenge Seattle — a private sector initiative of 17 of the Seattle region’s CEOs to address issues that will determine the region’s future — are committed to advancing our region’s economy and our quality of life by helping to build the transportation system of the future. Housed at CoMotion at the University of Washington, the Mobility Innovation Center (MIC) will tackle specific transportation challenges, using applied research and experimentation. Cross-sector teams will attack regional mobility problems, develop new technologies, apply system-level thinking, and bring new innovations to our regional transportation system. Learn more about sponsoring a team or project by contacting MIC.

Custom package

We can work with you to customize a sponsorship package with a choice of components, from running a speaker series to a pitch day, to innovation training workshops for your teams. Sponsorship can also include an opportunity to sponsor events for UW faculty and students, naming rights or Ideathons. Benefits, in addition to programming, include prominent placement on the CoMotion website, newsletters, and social media channels, as well as signage and recognition at events. If you’re interested in learning about partnerships and new ventures, contact us at CoMOpptys@uw.edu.

Come tour

Interested in learning more about our CoMotion Labs spaces? Come and visit our multi-industry spaces and learn all about how we’re driving innovation in Seattle. We offer public tours on the third Wednesday of every month in the afternoon. Join us for the entire afternoon or just come for a specific lab tour. Our tour schedule starts at 1:00 pm at CoMotion’s HQ. Transportation to and from each location will not be provided. We have left ample time for walking, bus or driving in between the locations. Find our next tour on our event calendar.