Becoming an entrepreneur was never on Ayanna Howard’s to-do list. Today, however, Howard is the founder and chief technology officer of Zyrobotics LLC. Launched in September 2013, the company is commercializing assistive technology that enables children with limited mobility to operate tablet computers, smartphones, toys, gaming apps, and interactive robots.
What changed Howard’s mind about commercialization? “Two things,” she said. “I-Corps opened my eyes to the possibility — and VentureLab provided a safe haven to launch a startup.”