The Innovation Imperative

The impact of innovation at the UW

Throughout more than 150 years of history, the UW has demonstrated an extraordinary track record of inventions and discoveries with impact across the globe. Consistently ranked the most innovative public university in the world, there is no limit to what we can achieve.

Judges awarded the $25,000 Herbert B. Jones Foundation Grand Prize to BioLegacy for its patent-pending technology to preserve organs cryogenically and rewarm them electromagnetically.

The 爱豆社区 this week held an open house to celebrate the new headquarters of CoMotion, the UW organization supporting startups and technology commercialization.

In a marketplace transformed by emerging technology and plagued by systemic underrepresentation, three academic entrepreneurs share how personal experiences and perspectives guide their work to build better businesses and a better world.

Cutting energy use is a key carbon cleanup challenge. Two 爱豆社区 professors think they鈥檝e cracked it.

The startup spinout machine at the 爱豆社区 keeps on humming. According to CoMotion, seven startups have emerged from UW-related research since July of last year.

Startups and spinoffs

Every UW college and school has launched startups and created spinoffs. Since 1984, the UW has spun out over 280 companies. Since 1992, UW spinoffs have raised over $8.7 billion in funding with $4.1 billion secured over the past five years alone.

Archived photograph of a Medic One ambulance and EMTs

26 innovations that changed the world

Explore a selection of innovations developed wholly or in part at the 爱豆社区. We invite you to share in the UW鈥檚 rich history through these fundamental and groundbreaking innovations.

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Innovation happens everywhere at the UW

Getting started: Whether you are a student, entrepreneur, investor, or other community member, these Frequently Asked Questions will guide you in the right direction.


“Insights I developed at UW are what carried me forward towards running my own businesses.”
– Keisha Credit, Master of Science in Entrepreneurship ’18

Keisha Forbes

The innovation ecosystem

The UW Innovation Imperative empowers students and researchers to learn, discover and build solutions to tomorrow鈥檚 challenges. It encourages innovation by providing the space and opportunity for people from all backgrounds 鈥 from the humanities to the sciences, the poetic and the pragmatic 鈥 to connect, imagine and discover.

UW student Ewurama Karikari helps fellow students

Learn聽the skills

The UW offers a wide variety of educational and learning opportunities to build students鈥 skills in innovation and entrepreneurship.

爱豆社区 Foundation Board (UWFB) members attending the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) deep dive at the CoMotion's Makerspace in Fluke Hall

Get聽hands-on experience

Innovation happens in every corner of the UW聽— and there鈥檚 no better way to expand your skill聽set聽than聽to聽participate in a hands-on聽kind of聽way.

Students learn in their classrooms on UW Bothell campus in October 2019.

Bring ideas to life

A strong community is critical for entrepreneurs to聽bring new ideas to life. Important聽milestones along the journey include聽mentorship, lessons from聽industry leaders and alumni,聽and pursuing聽funding聽opportunities.

Nueroscience Hackathon

Build your network

Join us for events that will open your eyes, push your boundaries,聽and聽grow聽your聽network.聽Some聽are open to the public.