The group is moving farther off campus into a building that will house virtual reality startups and CoMotion’s headquarters.
The University of Washington is expanding its innovation efforts farther off campus and into the city.
CoMotion, UW’s innovation arm, is moving to a new headquarters in a building at 4545 Roosevelt Way N.E., next to Trader Joe’s.
UW said last year it had leased space in the building, and now CoMotion said it will use two of the floors as its headquarters, including space for startups to work and hold events.
This is the third space for CoMotion, which also hosts startups and research on the UW campus at Fluke Hall and at Startup Hall, a venture that also houses Techstars Seattle. The three spaces will now be known as CoMotion Labs, the division said Thursday.
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CoMotion’s headquarters will focus on virtual-reality and augmented-reality startups, an industry that has been booming in the Seattle region.
“Seattle is really a hub for VR and AR but there’s no dedicated co-working space for those startups,” said Vikram Jandhyala, UW vice-provost for innovation.
CoMotion Labs function as a combination of a co-working space and a startup accelerator — offering desks for companies as well as events and mentorship opportunities. The headquarters will have 34 desks for startups to rent at about $350 per month, and room for more members to make use of VR labs and event spaces.
Startups in Fluke Hall work mainly in health care, clean technology and other engineering efforts that require lab space. In Startup Hall, most startups are focused on software and other forms of technology.
The UW has been part of a push to make the University District an “Innovation District,” connecting university research to the broader economic ecosystem in Seattle. UW’s efforts were recognized last year when the university was named the most innovative public university in the world by Reuters.
CoMotion was formerly known as the Center for Commercialization, and was rebranded when Jandhyala took over to encompass a larger goal of developing companies and fostering research from all areas of the university, including technology, health care, social sciences, environmental studies and more.
CoMotion will move into the new space in August.