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Student startups earn $150K in CCNY’s Zahn competition

Zahn 2016 entrepreneurship competition winners at CCNY
Zahn 2016 entrepreneurship competition winners at CCNY

Hybridia, VeriPAD, StreetLabs, and Applied Motions are the grand prize winners in the Zahn Innovation Center’s Entrepreneurship Competition at The City College of New York. They pitched to investors, entrepreneurs, bankers, and other experts for a piece of $150K in prizes.

This year, startups competed in four categories, including IoT, women in tech, and social impact. The startups have both a hyper-local focus in NYC, and also a global perspective in congruence with City College’s diverse student body.

Applied Motions won the $50,000 Kaylie Prize for connected devices. Its wearable product uses biofeedback to increase athletic performance while preventing injury. The startup will use the prize for manufacturing and testing. Applied Motions also won a $1,000 Audience Choice award.

The $25,000 Zahn Technology Prize was scooped by Hybridia for a tool that promises to reinvent laparoscopic surgery. It was conceptualized in biomedical engineering classes in CCNY’s Grove School of Engineering. They also won an Audience Choice award in their category.

VeriPAD won the $25,000 Zahn Social Impact Prize. This startup pitched an app that authenticates medications for low and middle income countries. Testing will begin in Kenya and Lebanon this summer.

In the Standard Chartered Women+Tech4NYC category, StreetLabs was awarded the $25,000 top prize. It unveiled a smart technology for monitoring New York City roads, allowing for faster and more efficient repairs.

Click here for all the winners in the 2016 Entrepreneurship Competition.

About the Zahn Innovation Center
The Zahn Innovation Center, a program of the City College Fund, is at the heart of entrepreneurship at the City College of New York. It inspires a diverse community of changemakers to develop transformative ventures.

About The City College Fund
The City College Fund is a tax-exempt 501c(3) non-profit fundraising organization, established in 1946 to support The City College of New York in its mission to provide access and excellence in higher education, particularly to students who might not otherwise be able to afford to go to college. Gifts to The City College Fund directly benefit City College's extraordinary students, renowned faculty, innovative programs and schools.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science; Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; School of Education; Grove School of Engineering; Sophie Davis Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine; and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.




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