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"C4C helped us navigate the start-up process, from licensing to garnering approval of outside work engagements. They helped expedite the process for us." Luis Ceze, Assistant Professor In Computer Science & Engineering & Co-Founder Of PetraVM

New Ventures Resources

C4C New Ventures coordinates resources to evolve ideas from initial concept all the way through to first-stage start-up financing. Not every innovation should lead to a start-up; sometimes the result of our process is the determination that the best path may be the pursuit of an opportunity to license to an existing company. The goal of New Ventures is to determine viability of a new company as early as possible so that resources can be focused.

Professional Advisors

  • Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR)

    The EIR program connects seasoned entrepreneurs and business executives with UW researchers whose work may have commercial relevance and to start-up teams with an identified business opportunity. These industry experts work closely with the team on the product development and market development efforts as they explore funding opportunities and staffing needs. Learn more.

  • Investor Pitch Coaching

    For teams ready to seek investor funding, New Ventures brings in partners to review funding strategies, help build a compelling pitch deck, lead pitch practice sessions, and write an executive summary.


Student Partnerships

C4C leverages talented business and law students to add value to potential UW start-ups.

  • ITHS/WRF Fellows

    The Fellows program is a paid summer internship for MBA students and students pursuing a certificate from the Foster School of Business Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. These are ten-week long, 30-hour/week positions. Students must apply and interview for this highly competitive program.

  • Student Interns

    C4C’s year-round internship program is a joint project of C4C and the Foster School of Business Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. MBA and other students are assigned to work with an EIR or a Technology Manager, or to work on a specific start-up project. Students conduct market research, help develop business plans, and explore funding potential. Each internship involves a commitment of 10 to 20 hours a week, for which students receive academic credit.

  • Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Students

    C4C partners with the UW School of Law’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic to match a team of law and business students, pro bono attorneys, and business advisors with UW researchers. These professionals offer critical early stage legal and business counseling. Law Clinic Students can provide initial legal review of tax, IP, and corporate structure for start-up teams.

Funding Available From C4C

  • Commercialization Gap Fund

    Our Commercialization Gap Fund (CGF) program accelerates projects that have a high chance of commercial success—either by being licensed to an existing company or as the focus for a start-up within a two- to three-year time frame. Learn more about CGF.

    Additional commercialization funding from grants, awards, and competitions are available to UW researchers and students. Learn more.

Networking Events

  • Innovation Showcase

    The Innovation Showcase was conceived by C4C and the Technology Alliance, which administers this quarterly event. The Showcase highlights the most promising discoveries and new technologies ready for commercialization in Washington. It’s an opportunity for our emerging companies to present, share ideas, and network with a cross-section of potential advisors and seed funders. Learn more.