Judges Choose 2017 Startup Cohort


We couldn’t have chosen our 2017 Startup Competition Cohort without the help of our expert judges — investors, entrepreneurs, public officials, educators, and CCNY alumni who took the time to read dozens of student applications, provide feedback, and score startups based on a variety of factors, including market value and innovation.

A huge thank you to: Adrish Majumdar, Ahmed Mohamed, Ali Sadegh, Ali Nayyar, Amy Herskovitz, Andrew Hapke, Art Brody, Brendan Mee, Brian Heiman, Casey Pickett, Celia Lloyd, Christopher Reim, Claude Brathwaite, Dave Newman, Drew Aldrich, Elaine Chin, Frank DeBernardis, Gerardo Blumenkrantz, Glen Patterson, Gunjan Modha, Haytham Elhawary, Harvey Kaylie, Howard Morgan, Irwin Zahn, Jason Leder, Jenny Fielding, Jordan Diatlo, Joseph Jaffe, Karen Langsam, Kate Debold, Kim Wales, Lisa Bater Saacks, Marc Mantell, Michael Semegran, Michael Rosenfeld, Ramphis Castro, Ray Garcia, Rene Baston, Rolando Franco, Sahar Ghaheri, Sam Utne, Sean Dhadialla, Stephen Karafiol, Thessy Mehrain, and Valerie Pholpitkue.

Our judges come from diverse backgrounds and represent startups, companies, and investors including CDVCA, Impact Hub, Standard Chartered Bank, Bank of New York Mellon, Google, CCNY, the Moxie Foundation, Pearl Cohen, Fortitude Fund, Mini Circuits, First Round Capital, Sols, Jaffe Juice, Wales Capital, Techstars, and dh studio.

Many of these judges will join us throughout the semester as expert advisors who will work with the teams to coach them through the development of their businesses and social ventures. If you’d like to join them in supporting the new class of Zahn startups, please reach out to contact@zahncenternyc.com.