16 City College Start-Ups Compete for $50,000 in Prizes

Invitation to Zahn Final Pitch Night, May 8, where 16 City College teams are competing for $50,000 in prizes.

Invitation to Zahn Final Pitch Night, May 8, where 16 City College teams are competing for $50,000 in prizes.

Sixteen City College start-up enterprises are competing for $50,000 in prizes at the Zahn Innovation Center’s Final Pitch Night. The event runs 3:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Faculty Dining Room, Third Floor, North Academic Center on The City College of New York campus.

Five teams of semi finalists are vying for the $20,000 Zahn Prize. It is given to a for-profit business team that best develops and implements their entrepreneurial ideas and also demonstrates understanding of how to incorporate lean startup principles as they develop their business idea.

Twelve teams were chosen as semi finalists for the new Social Innovation Challenge competition, which awards $30,000 in prizes, including a $1,000 audience choice award. Participating teams will pitch their big ideas on how to change the world through social enterprise and is open to sustainable for-profit and non-profit concepts.

The event begins with a Social Innovation Expo from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at which audience members can vote for their favorite ideas. This is followed by the final pitches, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and a reception and announcement of the winners from 7 to 8 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, however an RSVP is required. To RSVP, go to: http://bit.ly/1k9qiYL. List of semi finalists and competition judges can be found on the Zahn Center website.

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