CCNY student startups win $144K in Zahn Entrepreneurship Pitch

Student startups with concepts ranging from a chip that can determine drug treatment options for cancer patients to reusable bamboo cloth baby diapers were the big winners in The City College of New York’s Zahn Innovation Center Entrepreneurship Final Pitch Wednesday night.

A total of $144,000 in prize money to fund the winning ventures was given out by sponsors including the Moxie Foundation, City College alumnus Harvey Kaylie, ’60 and Standard Chartered Bank, at CCNY.

College teams competed in four categories.

“Vivoz Biolabs” won the $50,000 Kaylie Prize for hardware and physical products. The startup pitched its innovative Z-chip that can automatically determine the most effective drug for cancer patients. It does this by analyzing a sample of their tumor which can be inserted in the chip by doctors.

The $30,000 Zahn Prize for software and other startup categories went to “Build- On The Go-” for its mobile app that visually tracks and manages every task on any construction project.

The $30,000 Social Innovation Prize for social and environmental impact ventures was scooped by “Hast.” The team’s mission is to help families achieve healthier lifestyles together through a mobile app that provides daily statistics such as each member’s heart rate and the amount of calories burned.

In the Zahn competition’s latest category, “Cubbies” received the $30,000 Standard Chartered Women Entrepreneurs’ Prize. The bamboo cloth diaper startup seeks to improve and simplify the diapering experience for mothers with its reusable product.

In addition to these major prizes, audience choice awards, each with a $1,000 check, were presented. The winners were “Cubbies,” “Localtarian,” “Prosthetiks” and “Sensisole.”

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