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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

Five clean-energy/cleantech teams admitted to latest cohort of NYSERDA-backed PowerBridgeNY proof of concept center

Five teams developing clean-energy/cleantech startups derived from university laboratory discoveries were admitted into the latest cohort of PowerBridgeNY, a NYSERDA-supported proof of concept center that functions as a pre-incubator. 

The winning teams — two each from NYU and Columbia, and one from Stony Brook University — will receive funding to advance "customer discovery" as part of determining the optimal strategies for commercialization.

Decisions were guided by a judging team of industrial scientists and professional venture investors. Teams include an entrepreneurial lead separate from the faculty inventor as well as one or more industrial mentors. For more detail, see the announcement.

Admitted to the program were teams advancing efficient power transformers; clean burning of methane from landfill; a robotic vessel for gathering environmental data in aquatic environments; energy-efficient roof coatings; and biologically mediated cleanup of contaminated sites.

'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.

NYU's NYSERDA-sponsored ACRE cleantech incubator announces network collaboration with Greentown Labs

NYC ACRE, the NYSERDA-sponsored cleantech incubator at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering, has announced a collaboration with Greentown Labs of Somerville, Mass.  Under the networking agreement, companies at either incubator will have access to events, professional connections, and even temporary desk space when visiting the other city on business. The programs will also exchange information on best practices. For more information, see NYU's news release

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