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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 »


December 04, 2020
It’s that time of year again! We’re excited to announce the sixteen student-led ventures who will participate in our 2021 Startup Incubator Competition:  AccuroLab An intermediary between smartphone users and trusted health organizations in Africa, flagging inaccurate information AlgoRythm An app that aims to teach and reinforce data structure and algorithmic concepts, with a focus on helping individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Civic Monitor A nonprofit organization that helps citizens become more civically engaged in the… Read More »


October 16, 2020
We were in the middle of our annual competition & Startup Bootcamp when we went virtual in March. Our resilient students, facilitators, and mentors transitioned with ease, but the remote customer interview process & product development proved more tricky. We decided to extend the students' experience into the summer, and we’re excited to report that the online experience was largely positive! This summer we piloted a new program, “Summer Incubator 2.0,” and revamped our high school program, Bossgirls, for an online experience. Read more about the two below. Summer… Read More »


September 28, 2020
As many of you may remember, we postponed our annual Demo Day & Final Pitch (which normally happen in May) to give our students more time to develop their ideas in the midst of uncertainty and change surrounding the pandemic. 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 close to $150,000 in prizes, which they'll use to further develop their businesses. We hope to share more… Read More »


May 11, 2020
 To our Zahn community: we hope that all of you and your loved ones are safe and healthy during this trying time. Here at the Zahn Center, we have been lucky enough to continue our programming online. The 2020 Cohort was about halfway through their competition when CCNY went into a distance learning model, and theyve continued to meet with staff, mentors, and complete weekly bootcamp workshops. Although in a different manner, weve managed to provide the same educational content. However, our MakerLab has been closed since mid-March. Students, especially those working on hardware… Read More »


April 21, 2020
This weeks team highlight is Green Capsule, an innovative and eco-friendly heating and cooling system designed by a team of architects. Green Capsule is one of the startup teams competing for the Standard Chartered Women+Tech4NYC $25,000 grand prize sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank as part of their Futuremakers initiative. I was able to meet virtually with Ina Dajci, who isGreen Capsules Marketing Specialist. She shared with me her teams concept, what they hope to gain from the Zahn Center, and their hopes for Green Capsules future. The team includes CCNY Spitzer School of… Read More »


April 21, 2020
As the world continues dealing with a public health crisis, we believe it is important to maintain a sense of normalcy for the students in our program. Weve continued all instruction online, including our weekly lean startup bootcamp, mentor hours, and workshops, and so far weve found that our students are engaging with our content more than ever. Were still working towards the goal of showing off their progress at a virtual Pitch Off in early May. Demo Day will be postponed until the early Fall. We had previously planned to highlight our student startups one by one, and have… Read More »