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June 08, 2022
Amy Divaraniya, the founder and CEO of OOva, will tell you she had no intention of becoming an entrepreneur. As a matter of fact, she avoided taking any business courses during undergraduate studies, but as fate would have it, Amy was destined to be an entrepreneur. Instead of business, Amy gravitated towards science with a focus on biology. She was interested in the intersection of biology and technology. Getting her masters degree in bioinformatics merged these two sectors for her. After graduating, Amy joined a large pharmaceutical company. It was a challenging environment… Read More »


May 11, 2022
Congratulations to all our startups for making it this far, your hard work paid off! We're excited to announce the grand prize winners across our four tracks, including I AM LIT(Zahn Social Impact), Hobbs (Kaylie Hardware), Autism Bridge(Zahn Software), and Carella (Standard Chartered Women+Tech). Each of these teams were awarded $25,000 for the development of their businesses.       Second place prizes of $5,000 went to Healing Arts (Zahn Social), Guardian (Kaylie Hardware), ARLE Clothing(Zahn Software), and HybridRaw (Standard Chartered Women+Tech). Congrats to all… Read More »


March 22, 2022
I am pleased to share our 2021 annual report with you. (Click the post title to see the links!)   The significant successes presented here are a reflection of the efforts and passion of a large community. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this community, to be working with our program participants, and to be connecting with stakeholders and partners. As we enter the spring season, we are excited to be welcoming students back on campus and back to programs both online and in person. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events or as supporters of our programs… Read More »


March 21, 2022
  Oftentimes when we speak of Women’s History Month we reference events that occurred many years ago. We think of the generations that preceded us and overlook what is happening now. For this year’s Her Story Month, Standard Chartered and the Zahn Innovation Center celebrated the historical impact our community members are currently making. We hosted two events, beginning with International Women’s Day. Katherine Olives, Bossgirls Program Manager, spoke with Yoelle Gulko, a sophomore at Washington University and Elizabeth Shvarts, a senior at Staten Island Technical High… Read More »


March 04, 2022
The Standard Chartered Women’s Entrepreneurship Program at the Zahn Innovation Center kicked off its spring speaker series with a Black History Month Founder Talk with Joy Fowler. She is the  co-founder of A MIRacle Foundation, Inc. In 2012, A MIRacle Foundation, Inc. was formed by Joy and her husband Allen after the loss of their son, Amir. Amir had a neurological disorder, developmental delays, and was deemed medically fragile by age five. He was 13 years old when he succumbed to this degenerative disorder. When he passed away, Joy knew she had to do something for his memory… Read More »


December 16, 2021
It’s that time of year again! We’re excited to announce the twenty student-led ventures who will participate in our 2022 Startup Incubator Competition.   Competing for the Kaylie Hardware Prize: Bioreactor - A unit that incubates organic matter Guardian - A wearable camera that prevents assault and notifies loved ones Hobbs - A digital weight machine that allows you to work out at home without equipment Hydroot - A friendly smart planter The Cone Screw - A funnel that attaches to cones to fill them optimally   Competing for the Standard Chartered Women+Tech Prize:… Read More »


May 13, 2021
Last week, many of you voted for your favorite startups during a virtual Demo Day the Pre app, and also attended our virtual Final Pitch where you heard from startups competing in our four categories for top prizes. In all, CCNY startups collected $120,000 in prizes, which they'll use to further develop their businesses. We hope to share more news about these resilient teams in the future, but for now, here are the results of the 2021 Demo Day & Final Pitch: the Zahn Social Impact Prize: The 1st place prize of $25,000 was awarded to GoodMD, a web-based health platform that… Read More »


February 25, 2021
  In celebration of Black History Month, the Zahn Center along with the Black Studies Program at CCNY hosted a Fireside Chat with two amazing founders: Dr. Quincy Brown of blackcomputeHER and Regina Gwynn of Black Women Talk Tech. They discussed representation in tech entrepreneurship, as well as why we should invest in Black communities and see entrepreneurship as a path to wealth. We asked some of our own Black founders who attended the panel to share their thoughts as well. Both Dr. Quincy Brown and Regina Gwynn create spaces for Black women in their work. Black Women Talk… Read More »


December 15, 2020
Last month we held our final virtual Fireside Chat of the Fall semester with a panel of three veteran entrepreneurs along with a Zahn/CCNY alum and marine corps vet, Danny Tsoi, as the moderator. Our panel consisted of Mark Gatanas, Founder of Vizornet, Inc, Elana “Lana”  Duffy, Founder of Pathfinder.Vet and James Hendon, Founder of EnergyEDC and Commissioner of NYC Department of Veterans Affairs. It was a timely discussion as it immediately followed Veteran’s Day. Our panelists and moderator shared their experiences launching their own businesses and navigating… Read More »


December 15, 2020
Our Founders Fireside Chats are a great way for students to hear from founders and visionaries, but they’re also a great opportunity for us to connect with founders in our community. The first Fireside Chat for the fall semester was held in October and featured Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital. The conversation was moderated by Ramona Ortega, Founder of My Money My Future. We’re big fans of both these awesome women, so here is a recap of the event for you to enjoy: Ramona introduced Arlan and commented that, “She is a prolific speaker, author… Read More »


Last Updated: 10/08/2020 22:24