Minerva Tantoco meets student entrepreneurs CCNY’s Zahn Center

 With TechCrunch Disrupt NY just a few days away, Silicon Alley is buzzing with the latest technological innovations. Uptown, young entrepreneurs from the Zahn Innovation Center at The City College of New York are sharing IoT prototypes, innovative apps, and technological solutions to the world’s social, economic, and environmental issues. Minerva Tantoco, New York City's first chief technology officer, will make a special appearance to speak directly to these student startups at their Final Pitch Night on Thursday, May 12..

 Tantoco has been involved with the Zahn Innovation Center’s programming since last spring when she helped to select the winning innovations at the 2015 Women + Tech competition. And in October, she mentored students at the Standard Chartered Idea Jam 4NYC Hackathon when students crafted technological solutions to New York City’s civic and social challenges. The theme fit nicely with the City's initiatives to attract technology startups and young innovators to New York City.

For the student startups in the Zahn Innovation Center’s 2016 Venture Competition, the motivation is to not only win the $140,000 in seed money, but also to continue to develop their businesses so that they become the next tech leaders in NYC. Aashna Shah, founder of Gleam and a Computer Science major at CCNY said, “I work on Gleam because I want to help people, but I also want to show I’m part of the next generation of CEOs in New York City.” Gleam is an online platform that helps therapists monitor their patients in between visits.

Shah and the rest of her cohort of 100 student entrepreneurs will share their startups with the Harlem community on Monday, May 9 at CCNY. Later that week, they’ll pitch to investors in a Shark Tank-style event called the Final Pitch. 

"Our entrepreneurs have undertaken something extraordinary," says Lindsay Siegel, Executive Director of the Zahn Innovation Center. "At the Final Pitch, their hard work will pay off and the prize money they receive will turn prototypes into products, wireframes into fully developed apps, and dreams into realities." 

To learn more about the event and RSVP, visit this page.

Contact: Katherine Olives, katherine@zahncenternyc.com

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. We inspire a diverse community of changemakers to develop transformative ventures. Check us out at http://www.zahncenternyc.com/

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.