The Kaylie Prize for Entrepreneurship is our flagship prize. Established in 2010 through an endowment by Harvey Kaylie, the prize gives students the opportunity to turn hardware inventions into entrepreneurial ventures. Each year, the winning startup receives a $50,000 endowment. Mr. Kaylie is President and Founder of Mini-Circuits, a Brooklyn-based RF and microwave electronic components design, manufacture and distribution company. Established in 1969, the company is a global leader in RF, IF, and microwave components for commercial, industrial, space, and military applications. Kaylie is a proud alum of City College.

Startups of the Kaylie Prize

Each year, up to six startups compete for the Kaylie Prize as part of the Zahn Innovation Center’s Venture Competitions. This year, the category celebrated connected devices and the “Internet of Things.” Students competing for the Kaylie Prize were challenged to create hardware that coexists with software, or to develop smart technology for existing hardware. Congratulations to Applied Motions, the Grand Prize Winner, and Second Place Winner UpWalk!

Applied MotionsWearables that combine biofeedback and gamification to increase strength and agility while rehabilitating and preventing injury.

Upwalk – A smart walker that encourages better posture, helping seniors avoid pain and discomfort.

2016 semi-finalists included:

Migo – A smart closet that cleans, de-wrinkles, and stores your clothes.

The Notifier – A sleek, noninvasive security device that sends alerts to your phone in real time.

PluginBlocks – Educational electronics kits to help high school and college students develop STEM knowledge.

On Pointe – A wearable device to prevent injuries and provide guidance for dancers.

Past Competitors