January 13, 2009

In Fall 2008, the University of Washington launched a new UW Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC) in which interdisciplinary student teams work collaboratively to develop solutions to a specific problem of environmental significance. The EIC will spark new product designs that capitalize on emerging market conditions and propose business concepts that promise significant financial reward while enhancing environmental sustainability.
For the EIC, student teams (frequently in partnership with companies, government agencies, etc) will work to develop pioneering methods, designs, and products that provide innovative solutions, reduce environmental impacts, improve ecological sustainability, and improve environmental quality while promoting viable business concepts. Each student team will develop a proof-of-concept, prototype or simulation, as well as a 5- to 7-page business summary that demonstrates well-formulated business models with significant potential for growth.