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Zahn Center selects grand prize winners in $150k venture competitions

The Zahn Innovation Center at City College of New York (CCNY) announced the selection of four grand prize winners in its annual venture competition focused on the CCNY community. The winners receive an automatic spot in the incubator's summer accelerator program and invitations to commercial accelerators:

  • VeriPAD, an app to authenticate medication delivery in developing countries, won the $25,000 Zahn Social Impact Prize and will use the funds to test in Kenya and Lebanon. 
  • Hybridia, a tool for laparoscopic surgery, won the $25,000 Zahn Technology Prize and will use the funds to test a prototype in NYC hospitals;
  • StreetLabs, a technology for monitoring NYC road repair, won the $25,000 Standard Chartered Women+Tech4NYC prize and will use the funds to test in Upper Manhattan with NYC DOT;
  • Applied Motions, a wearable that uses biofeedback to increase athletic performance while preventing injury, won the $50,000 Kaylie Connected Devices prize and will use the funds for manufacturing and testing. 

Four runners-up also won $5,000 each. For more information, please see the Zahn Center's news release

Incubator clients take all three top spots in 2016 Rochester Venture Challenge

Startups being incubated by several of our Rochester-area member incubator programs won all three top prizes at the annual Rochester Venture Challenge:

Another Venture Creations client, Cenify, LLC, was a runner-up in the challenge. For more information on the annual Venture Challenge, see HTR's news release.

 

Chief engineer of Geri-Safe on the value of the Hardware Accelerator at the STA and Rev: Ithaca

Over at Upstate Venture Connect, there's an excellent blog entry featuring an interview with Nandita Bal, chief engineer of Geri-Safe, a startup develoing technology to help older adults. In the interview, she describes how her team's venture leveraged the Hardware Accelerator sponsored by the Southern Tier Startup Alliance (the state-designated Innovation Hot Spot) and then decided to enter the Rev: Ithaca Startup Works physical incubator:

The $2,000 in development funds that I received as part of the Hardware Accelerator program was enough to get a functioning prototype–the 3D printer in the Rev prototyping lab helped us test a lot of the small details of our specific designs before considering manufacturing. And the mentors were always there to guide me, so my work never stopped. There are so many events that keep happening at Rev, so the whole community thinks of Rev as the place to come talk about startups. For networking, that was great. The university, the location, the mentorship, the space, the Hardware Accelerator workshop, the network–those are what made me stay in the Southern Tier.

The Hardware Accelerator got started last year with a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). For the rest of the interview, please follow this link.

'Little Bird Fire Bites' as a case-study of what the Entrepreneur Space kitchen incubator does to help launch new food products

Our member The Entrepreneur Space is celebrating its 5th anniversary and also the graduation into commercial space of Little Bird Fire Bites, which produces chocolate-covered jalapeño treats. In his executive director's newsletter, Queens Economic Development Corporation's Seth Bornstein recounts:

They rented the Entrepreneur Space for their first shift in May 2013. Then, they refined their recipes. They learned how to transform a product they used to make in their home kitchen into one that could be mass-produced. They learned how to market their product. Their packaging became professional, and they developed a great website. Slowly, they added additional shifts and staffers. In the last year, demand for their fiery chocolate has grown at a quick clip. (It's sold on line and in specialty stores around the country.) Fast forward to today, and as is the case for all little birds, they are leaving the nest. Late last year, they informed us they were going to move into their own facility because they had outgrown the E-Space. (In fact, they recently had their last shift in Kitchen D.) Over the last three years, they have grown wings, as evidenced by their staff of six and increased revenues.

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