The Washington State Life Science Entrepreneurship Summit was held on January 16, 2018. It was the first of a proposed annual conference for the statewide life sciences start-up community to come together and address the major hurdles currently facing our ecosystem. This full day event featured hands-on exercises and thought-provoking discussions aimed at inspiring participants to think about the current state of their entrepreneurship community and how it may differ from their ideal. Through these activities, we believe we have inspired the community to make new state-wide connections and engage with existing resources that they may not have known existed.

The three major goals for this Summit were:

  • To enable networking and connections between representatives of geographically distant centers of life science entrepreneurship in Washington state
  • To document the existing resources for life science entrepreneurs and identify where gaps exist
  • To promote the new Life Science Washington Institute as a resource that may help fill identified gaps

Attendees of this Summit included Commercialization Program Managers from various research institutions (University of Washington, Fred Hutch, Washington State University), representatives from government entities (Washington State Department Commerce, Seattle OED, Spokane OED, Snohomish County), staff from incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces, faculty and administrators from

Working groups were formed around the topics of (1) Funding, (2) Collaborations/Silo Breakdowns, (3) Entrepreneurial Education and (4) Infrastructure.