Zahn Center's $5,000 + Audience Choice Award Goes to Hank Lin's Start-up FRIP

5/13/2016 Unknown 0 Comments


A few months ago, BICster Tung-Han Lin (Hank) joined a team that wanted to solve a problem: take the tedium out of planning educational field trips. Hank signed on as brand manager of what soon became known as FRIP and was chosen to be an elite start-up nurtured by the Zahn Innovation Center at City College. On Thursday, May 12th, Hank's team was awarded $5,000 at Zahn's FINAL Pitch. Competing against seven other finalists, FRIP also received $1,000 for winning the Audience Choice Award. He was joined by BIC Professor and all-around Zahn mentor Gerardo Blumenkrantz.

Thinking about brand value from the inside out is Hank’s expertise. But his visual brand identity has also helped FRIP stand out. He's designed T-shirts, a logo, and other branding material. According to Hank, “There are way more things you can do than things you can't do when it comes to building a brand.”

More about the Zahn Innovation Center: We are a startup incubator located at the City College of New York offering co-working space and an array of resources including: annual competitions, a startup bootcamp, mentorship and pro-bono services, networking opportunities, and rapid prototyping facilities. The Zahn inspires CCNY students to approach their education as changemakers, transforming classroom learning into real-world application. Each semester we partner with various academic departments to create curricula to cultivate the entrepreneurial mindset. We also pair students with startups and other companies in the NYC area through our robust internship program.