Introducing the 2018 Startup Competition Cohort

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We are thrilled to share the new Zahn Center Cohort of the 2018 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 then held interviews with the top teams, and selected five semi-finalists and one alternate in each category. These 24 startups will compete for the Kaylie Hardware Prize, the Zahn Social Impact Prize, the Standard Chartered Women+Tech4NYC Prize, and the Zahn Technology Prize.

Here’s a sneak peek:


Kaylie Hardware

Brystech – an imaging device that makes breast cancer-screening more comfortable

Exostride – an exoskeletal knee augmentation to reduce workplace knee injuries and fatigue

Happy Foot – an assistive device for those with gait disorders

Lucid Motion – a human-generated power device to fight muscle atrophy

ZIMNO – a sunscreen that uses the five senses to warn you when to re-apply

Alternate: FreightTran – protective shoe soles for long boarders


Zahn Social Impact:

ANTICUPID – an ethically and sustainably sourced clothing rental service for young creatives

Bio-Bowl – an anaerobic digester that turns organic waste into fertilizer and renewable energy

Listen! – a hand-held audio device that teaches basic vocabulary and language structure for children in refugee camps

SHIELD Enterprises – a platform for developing nations to encourage local commerce among diaspora communities

teachxchange – a tool for educators that provides access to social emotional learning content for under-resourced  communities

Alternate: Lumino Flow – a water filtration system for developing nations


Standard Chartered Women + Tech4NYC

Cakewalk – an app that helps you walk together safely

endWH – a platform that helps victims of workplace sexual harassment find resources, while also helping companies establish safer workplace environments

FindJustice – a platform for organizers and activists to engage with each other and enact change within communities

GigFinder – a platform that provides an environment for musicians and restaurants to connect, collaborate, and create

Khamis + Co – an app that connects like-minded individuals to travel together

Alternate: Young Artist Zine Alliance – a program that amplifies young people’s voices through collaborative art-making


Zahn Technology

Murmuration – a driver-focused intuitive taxi demand prediction model

Plugr – a centralized platform to connect soccer leagues, teams, and players

Proprio – a platform to manage rental property units

Skinno – an app to decipher skincare ingredients for consumers

Sprtlook – a PR app for athletes

Alternate: Prime – a platform to help those with depression and anxiety by providing necessary support utilizing artificial intelligence


We can’t wait to begin an entrepreneurial journey with these fantastic teams. In early February 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 2018 Cohort by sharing on social media using #CCNYstartups.