Creating a More Connected Innovation Community
The Innovation Showcase helps bridge the gap between research and commercialization by highlighting the most promising discoveries and new technologies ready for commercialization in Washington State. The Showcase connects innovators with startup leaders, investors, service providers, and serial entrepreneurs to promote the idea sharing and networking that help turn research into results.
Innovation Showcase events feature presentations by 3-6 innovators hand-selected by our program manager and screening committee.
The Innovation Showcase has introduced numerous emerging companies to Washington's investment and startup community. Innovators across the state have used the program to build connections outside of their areas of expertise and tap into resources that have enabled them to achieve important milestones in moving their technologies from the lab into the marketplace. Showcase participants have gone on to secure funding through grants or angel investors, connect with strategic partners and advisors, and gain industry and media recognition. Since 2009, the program has showcased an impressive list of 65 companies commercializing new technologies in Washington State.
Cadence Biomedical created the Kickstart walking system to help people walk their way to a better quality of life. Kickstart is a simple, wearable, and lightweight device designed to help users regain their ability to walk with stability and confidence and to rediscover a more independent and mobile lifestyle.
The company presented its Kickstart prototype at the Innovation Showcase in 2011. Since releasing the Kickstart in July 2012, the company has been working on a pipeline of new products. President & CEO Brian Glaister was presented with our Innovation Showcase Company of the Year Award in 2013.
Mobisante provides mobile and accessible ultrasound imaging from the mountains of Haiti to the backwoods of Oregon. The company was founded in December 2009, and it first presented at the Innovation Showcase in 2010.
Mobisante's product became the first cellphone-based diagnostic device to be cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, gaining approval in January 2011. Co-founder & CEO Sailesh Chutani was presented with our Innovation Showcase Company of the Year Award in 2012.
Click here for the full list of Showcase alumni, media coverage, and participant testimonials.
- Joe Piper, Point B Capital
- Jack Breese, Washington Advisory Group
- Ky Calder, Calder Investment Partners
- Jeffry Canin, Auxin Partners
- Tom Clement, Aqueduct Neurosciences
- Anson Fatland, Washington State University
- Gary Kocher, K&L Gates
- Loretta Little, WRF Capital
- Stewart Lyman, Lyman Biopharma Consulting
- Susannah Malarkey, Technology Alliance
- Matt McIlwain, Madrona Venture Group
- Ulrich Mueller, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- Maren Ohaks, UW Center for Commercialization
- Chris Porter, Medical Genesis
- Erick Rabins, Auxin Partners
- Patrick Shelby, UW Center for Commercialization
- Michael Stein, Woodcock Washburn
- Catherine Waszak