Press Release: ISSIP Award

Press Release: ZinnStarter

Ray Zinn’s Zinnstarter Program Awarded Prestigious ISSIP Award

International Society of Service Innovation Professionals Honors Zinnstarter Program with Distinguished Recognition Award

April 29, 2019 – SAN JOSE, CA. – Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO, and founder of the Zinnstarter program, announced today that the Zinnstarter program has been awarded the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (ISSIP) Distinguished Recognition Award. The award is given to those who represent innovative and impactful service designs and implementations from which service innovators around the world can derive inspiration. ZinnStarter, launched in 2016, is a combination of financial and business mentorship that provides financial and experienced guidance for students across the country that seek to launch new products and companies.

“I created the Zinnstarter program to kindle an entrepreneurial spirit in the innovators and business leaders coming out of our colleges and universities,” said Ray Zinn. “I am honored that such a prestigious organization as ISSIP has chosen to honor and recognize our program. We are excited about the future of business and technology, and we continue partner with colleges and universities to mentor and fund the next generation of leaders and innovation.”

The International Society of Service Innovation Professionals is a professional association co-founded by IBM, Cisco, HP and several Universities with a mission to promote Service Innovation for our interconnected world. Their purpose is to help institutions and individuals to grow and be successful in our global service economy. As such, ISSIP promotes the professional development, education, research, practice, and policy work of its member individuals and institutions working hard to improve our world’s diverse, interconnected, complex service systems.

In addition to the ZinnStarter program, Zinn continues to invest in Silicon Valley start-ups via his capital venture program that focuses on funding and mentoring for disruptive and groundbreaking tech, B2B products, semiconductor startups and founders striving to build enduring companies. He has also published two books, Tough Things First and Zen of Zinn.

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