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.

UW Entrepreneurship Ranked #1 in West Region

The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine ranked the University of Washington as the top college in the West for entrepreneurship in the 2023 undergraduate rankings. UW was also ranked number two overall in the West region in the 2023 rankings of graduate programs.

Institute for Protein Design spinout Monod Bio raises $25M for molecular biosensors

Monod Bio raised $25 million to develop molecular biosensors that light up when they bind their target. The sensors can be designed to detect molecules linked to disease and they also have potential for industrial applications.

Seattle startup aiming to detect, treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease raises cash

University of Washington spinout AltPep recently raised $44.4 million, according to a regulatory filing. Founder and CEO Valerie Daggett spoke with GeekWire about AltPep’s progress on its experimental blood test to detect Alzheimer’s disease at the earliest stages.

Suicide prevention training for health care providers a first step in longer-term efficacy

Most people who die by suicide had contact with the health care system in the year before their deaths – but only about one-third have received mental health services. This means that primary care and emergency room doctors, nurses and other specialists may be more often positioned to evaluate a person in crisis.

Startups and spinoffs

Every UW college and school has launched startups and created spinoffs. Since 1990, UW has spun out 258 companies. These spinoffs have raised over $7.9 billion in funding with $4.7 billion secured over the past five years alone.

Startup portfolio

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 University of Washington. We invite you to share in the UW’s 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’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.