Introducing the 2017 Zahn Startup Cohort


We are thrilled to share the new Zahn Center Cohort of the 2016-17 Competitions! This year our process was more competitive than ever, and we were truly impressed by the quality and creativity of the ideas we received. We are looking forward to working with the new class of startups over the coming months as they tackle important problems with their entrepreneurial solutions!

Over the past few weeks, we’ve worked with expert judges – from investors to successful entrepreneurs, educators to executives – to help select our entries. Zahn staff held interviews with the top teams in each category, and then chose five semi-finalists and one alternate to compete this year. We’re very excited to announce the 2016-17 Zahn Startup Competition cohort. Here’s a sneak peek:

Kaylie Hardware

Active Hands – A tracking device that assesses the movements of children with cerebral palsy and other diseases.

Mind Body Freedom – A device that reduces tremors in people with neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s.

SnapPitch – An electronic pitching target to help young baseball/softball pitchers improve accuracy.

Stimulator, Inc. – A toy synthesizer that allows children with special needs stimulate brainwaves while playing.

Velo – A device that enhances safety for cyclists.

Drains (alternate) – A device that drains surgical fluids, measures the amount, records data, and sends the information directly to doctors.


Zahn Social Impact:

Plan B Journalism – A website that curates art and science news to fuel guerrilla journalism.

Camerhealth – An app that connects the people of Cameroon with actionable health information.

ENERIVA – A control system that monitors and optimizes energy for consumption.

Robo Farm System- A “kitchen garden” that allows everyday people to grow food without soil or harmful chemicals.

U.B. Cream – Makeup that covers and treats scars for trauma victims.

Gol (alternate) – An affordable, alternatively powered washing machine for developing nations.


Zahn Technology

Cyqlo – Curated and crowd-sourced biking routes to inspire cyclists to explore their surroundings.

Les Pain – An app that helps chronic pain patients complete exercise routines with a data-driven plan, an activity tracker, and gamification elements.

Transtech – An app that allows truckers to share delivery loads.

Vendr – A platform that connects hungry customers with mobile food vendors.

Workbook – A platform that instantly connects individuals to manual laborers based on their schedule and skills.

Taak (alternate) – An app that connects local businesses with high school and college students looking for part-time work.


Standard Chartered Women + Tech4NYC

Citylabscapes – Modular greenhouses that engage NYC students in STEM & urban farming.

Enrich – A website/app to help parents seamlessly find and rate enrichment programs for children.

Intrveen – Digital mentorship for at-risk NYC students.

Orgtech – A smart trash can for NYC streets that uses image processing to sort recyclables.

TogetHER – An app that converts your fitness activity into donations for charities that help women gain access to education & business opportunities.

Heart4Ears (alternate) – A device to cancel some noises and enhance others, controlling what you hear in noise-polluted environments.



We can’t wait to begin an entrepreneurial journey with these fantastic teams. In late January we will kick off our Bootcamp, and we’ll share updates of each team’s progress throughout the semester. You’ll get to know them as their ideas evolve. Join us in congratulating the 2016-2017 Cohort by sharing on social media using the hashtag “zahtrepreneur.”