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.

Engineering innovations offer promise during pandemic

Engineering Innovation in Health (EIH) brings together health care professionals with engineering students and faculty to develop solutions to today’s health challenges. Here, EIH director Jonathan Posner, right, reviews a student’s medical device prototype. (Photo by Mark Stone / University of Washington)

UW professors win 2021 Breakthrough Prize – so-called ‘Oscars of Science’

The award recognizes groundbreaking achievements in the life sciences, fundamental physics and mathematics. Pictured left to right: David Baker, a professor in the UW School of Medicine and director of the Institute for Protein Design, won the prize for life sciences, while a team of UW physics professors, including Eric Adelberger, Jens Gundlach and Blayne Heckel, earned the prize for fundamental physics.

Startups-and-Spinoffs

Startups and spinoffs

Every UW college and school has launched startups and created spinoffs. Since 2016, CoMotion facilitated 1,950 licenses and 73 spinoffs which have gone on to raise over $4.4B in funding.

Startup portfolio

African American boy pointing_at_computer_monitor Helping One Student to Succeed HOSTS Corporation Vancouver Washington 1985

Innovations that changed the world

The University of Washington has an extraordinary track record of scholarly endeavor, yielding inventions, discoveries and other innovations that have had a profound impact on lives all over the globe.

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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. FAQ

“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’s challenges. It encourages innovation by providing the space and opportunity for people from all backgrounds — from the humanities to the sciences, the poetic and the pragmatic — to connect, imagine and discover.

UW student Ewurama Karikari helps fellow students

Learn the skills

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


University of Washington Foundation Board (UWFB) members attending the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) deep dive at the CoMotion's Makerspace in Fluke Hall

Get hands-on experience

Innovation happens in every corner of the UW — and there’s no better way to expand your skill set than to participate in a hands-on kind of 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 bring new ideas to life. Important milestones along the journey include mentorship, lessons from industry leaders and alumni, and pursuing funding opportunities.


Nueroscience Hackathon

Build your network

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