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The Kaylie Prize winners receive a $50,000 prize and 24/7 access to the Zahn Center to develop their business idea.

The Kaylie Prize is an annual entrepreneurship competition for students, staff, faculty and alumni of City College conducted in the CCNY Zahn Center for Entrepreneurship. The Kaylie Prize for Entrepreneurship was established in 2010 through an endowment by alumnus Harvey Kaylie.  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 has grown into a global leader in RF, IF, and microwave components for commercial, industrial, space, and military applications. The Kaylie Prize for Entrepreneurship has developed into one of the most innovative and exciting entrepreneurship mechanisms in New York City, facilitated rapid acceleration of commercialization of student generated ideas.

This year the Kaylie Prize will be closely linked with the Zahn Prize. If the business idea requires building custom developed hardware, then it should be entered into the Kaylie Prize. If the idea does not involve custom developed hardware, then it is eligible for entry in the Zahn Prize.

The Kaylie Prize will be accepting entries until November 30th 2013, and will announce by December 13th the selection of 5 semi-finalist teams that will compete for the Grand Prize of $50,000. Each semi-finalist team will have a budget of $2,000 to build their business and four months to advance their business as much as possible, including developing a feasibility prototype, presenting their progress at a final gala held around April 2014.

  • Entry Criteria

    In order for a team to be eligible to apply for the Kaylie Prize, they must fulfill the following criteria:

    • The team must have at least 2 CCNY student members on the team. Other members can be staff, faculty or alumni from CCNY, and also students from other colleges. Students from all disciplines including architecture, design, economics, sciences, and arts are encouraged to apply*.
    • The entrepreneurial idea should be for-profit and should be a viable business proposition.

    *If you would like to enter the competition but are in need of an idea or team, be sure to attend our information sessions. They are designed to allow for network and partnering.
  • Competition Timeline

    September 26: Entries officially accepted for Zahn Prize 2014
    November 30: Application submission deadline
    December 13: Announcement of 4 semi-finalist teams
    January – March 2014: Workshops, guest lectures and seminars
    April 2014: Final gala where the winner will be announced.
  • Information Sessions

    All information sessions will be held at the Zahn Center for Entrepreneurship located in B-20 of the Grove School of Engineering. Pizza and refreshments will be provided for all information sessions.

    Thursday October 3rd from 12:30 – 1:30pm
    Tuesday October 22nd from 12:30 – 1:30pm
    Thursday November 7th from 12:30 – 1:30pm
  • How to Enter

    Fill out the application which includes a description of your idea in some detail. There is the option to add a youtube video (3 minutes or less) which is greatly encouraged by the judging committee.
  • Judging Criteria

    The criteria for judging entries and choosing semi-finalist teams will be based on the following points:

    • Does the idea address a real need or solve a clear problem. The solution articulated by the invention address this problem in a clear and comprehensive manner.
    • How is the idea different then other approach to address this need?
    • Is there a clear and articulated vision of the product? Does this product provide the solution to the problem?
    • Is there a plan to realize the product? What feasibility prototype will be presented at the final gala and is the scope of this feasibility prototype realistic given the team, timeline, and resources?
    • Is there a plan to disseminate the product or obtain additional resources needed to complete productions/dissemination in a timely and realistic timeline?

    Teams must demonstrate a feasibility prototype in the final gala but no prototype is required for the initial application. The winner of the prize will be the team that combines the best idea with the most amount of progress made during the semi-final stage.
  • Semi-Finalists

    All semi-finalist teams will be required to meet the following:

    • Meet each week after winter break for 2 hours from 12-2pm during club hours on Tuesday or Thursday, where they will receive a guest lecture or seminar on a topic of interest related to entrepreneurship. These topics include: lean startup methodologies, customer development, sales, financial forecasting, etc. We will also bring experienced entrepreneurs to tell their stories of success
    • Be able to attend the Grand Final Gala around April 2014 to present to a panel of judges made up of investors, entrepreneurs and other members of the startup eco-system in New York

    I am very excited to make the announcement of the 2014 Kaylie Prize semi-finalists. This year's semi-finalists are:

    1. GesTherapy
    2. Blue Canary
    3. LifeGlo
    4. The Dean Lab
    5. EkiCk
    6. Quinoa Express


    The winner of the $50,000 prize will be selected at the Kaylie Prize Final on Thursday, May 16th.
If you would like to enter the competition but do not have an idea or team, be sure to attend the information sessions. They are designed to allow for networking and partnering. If you have questions about the competition, feel free to stop by the Zahn Center. You can also send an email to Marom Bikson at bikson@ccny.cuny.edu.

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