The Zahn Innovation Center (http://www.zahncenternyc.com/), a startup incubator located at City College in Harlem, is contributing to the growing entrepreneurial community in Silicon Harlem, both on and off-campus. The center is named for Irwin Zahn (Class of 1948), an entrepreneur and founder of Autosplice, a global manufacturer of interconnecting products and electro-assemblies which services multiple industries, and recently, the Moxie Foundation, a philanthropic organization that supports social innovation and entrepreneurship. It is located in the Grove School of Engineering, named for another City College alumnus, Andrew Grove (Class of 1960), a co-founder and former CEO and chairman of tech juggernaut Intel.
Zahn features mentorship opportunities, rapid prototyping capabilities, pro-bono legal and accounting services, a physical co-working space with 3DP printers and laser cutting tools, participation in a Lean Startup bootcamp and a social entrepreneurship speakers series that features a diverse group of speakers reflective of the melting pot that exists on campus and in Harlem. It also runs 4 startup competitions: (1) The Kaylie Hardware Prize (named after Harvey Kaylie, also Class of 1960, who is the founder of Mini Circuits, a global leader of microwave and signal processing units), a $50,000 Grand Prize for hardware startups that develop physical products, (2) The Zahn Entrepreneurship Competition for software and other categories, which features a $30,000 grand prize (3) The Zahn Social Innovation Prize, a $30,000 prize for social and environmental impact startups, and the new (4) Standard Chartered Women’s Entrepreneurship Prize, a $30,000 prize for women-lead ventures using technology for economic impact.
The center features a diverse array of social impact, hardware and software startups, as well as companies that co-work in the space (http://www.zahncenternyc.com/startups/). A snapshot of portfolio companies include:
Soterix Medical (http://soterixmedical.com/) -which focuses on neuromodulation technology
yaHeard (http://www.yaheard.co/) -an online marketing tool for musicians
eKick (http://www.ekicktech.com/) -skateboard technology for a safer ride
Homer Delivery (http://www.zahncenternyc.com/meet-homer-delivery/) -food delivery service with a focus on delivery logistics
laddine (http://www.laddine.com/) -curation site for toys that inspire kids to learn and create
Nexhealth (http://www.zahncenternyc.com/startups/nexhealth/) -doctor-patient communication tool designed to simplify and improve interaction
Next Q (http://www.zahncenternyc.com/startups/nextq/) -virtual queuing line management and analytics tool (already used by City College’s bursar and registration offices)
Van der Waals Technologies (http://www.zahncenternyc.com/startups/van-der-waals/) -graphene and Van der Waals nanotechnology fabricators
Vista Wearables (http://www1.cuny.edu/mu/forum/2012/05/18/ccny-announces-winner-of-50000-kaylie-prize-for-entrepreneurship/) -discrete wearables that aid the visually impaired/individuals in low-vision environments (military, search and rescue, firemen)
2×3 (http://www.zahncenternyc.com/startups/2×3/) -aids small cities in Latin America with financially sustainable recycling solutions