Kesia Hudson & Ariana Sampson
If you have been following us, you know that we have been collecting applications for our 2023 Venture Incubator and Competition. Over the past weeks, we have worked with external judges to narrow down the entries. The top teams were interviewed by Zahn staff, who then selected the semi-finalists to join our 2023 competition cohort.
We will begin working with these teams in February. The students will complete our Lean Startup Bootcamp, conduct customer research, work towards completion of an MVP for their startups, and prepare pitch decks. They will also meet with expert mentors throughout the program. The incubator will culminate in a Demo Day on May 2nd and Final Pitch, on May 4th.
Some of the teams are looking for additional members to join them. We are hosting a virtual “Join a Team Mixer” on January 18th, 2pm-4pm ET. If you are interested in working with one of these teams, please complete this form and also RSVP here on Eventbrite. You’ll have an opportunity to speak with the teams at this networking event and possibly find a role.
Here are the members of the 2023 cohort.
Kaylie Hardware: Ideas include physical products and devices that may or may not include a connected (smart) technological aspect.
SiGHT is a traversal solution that uses software and hardware for people with impaired sight and blindness
Windreader is a UAV platform for observing atmospheric boundary layer characteristics at altitude
BrailleBuddy is a refreshable braille display with lightweight mechanical design and a Windows-compatible screen reader that can parse inaccessible web pages
ReH is an effective and user-friendly rehab device as an alternative to continuous passive motion machine (CPM) after total knee replacement surgeries
Standard Chartered Women+Tech: The category celebrates the role of women in building innovative businesses leveraging technology and finding solutions to social inequities. Startups in this category must be led by women and/or have a team made up of at least 50% women.
Organovis models breast cancer and predicts drug response with high accuracy
BusSense is an assistive navigational mobile app designed to help blind and visually impaired individuals locate MTA busses
CyberTEch is making cybersecurity accessible to everyone
TechSavvy provides smartphones and training to low-income visually impaired people in NYC
Connect is a geolocation game/application which gives users more exposure to migrants and their stories by promoting travel, sharing resources and serving platforms for social interaction
Zahn Social: These teams are challenged to build ventures with a sustainable revenue model, whose primary objective is social change or environmental stewardship. They may pursue either a nonprofit or for-profit model.
Carefam.org is an online platform that offers caregiving resources to help first-time millennial caregivers
Nusketch is an image processing application for individuals with ASD that turns a picture into a b/w outline for coloring and use as a communication tool
WalkIT is a physical and psychological training app to help people with ASD/SAD become independent progressively
Productify is a research-based ADHD productivity aid that contains multiple tools to help users become more productive
Zahn Software: This category includes transformative new apps, software, database tools, e-commerce sites, or technological devices.
DisPath is the place to find people who live and think like you
ERO is an easy-to-use application that notifies users of opportunities to lower their energy consumption to make money in both their future and current homes whether they own smart technology or not
The Study Space is an online marketplace and learning management system for educators to build their brand and income beyond their classroom
MealMade provides meal kits using Chef’s recipes prepared by supermarkets
Tangent Point is a digital application that helps non-native English speaking students enhance their discipline-specific vocabulary