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Meet the winners of KLI ISA 2014!

Posted April 17, 2014 in News

The Kravis Leadership Institute is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Innovative Startup Award!

Commercial Track: Phoenix
Award: $12, 500

The winner of this year’s commercial award, Phoenix is a team coming out of Harvey Mudd and Claremont McKenna that is bringing a unique product to the world of virtual reality. They aim to allow a user to interact with virtual objects through a digital glove that can track the movement of individual fingers and orient them in the virtual world. To date, this is something that no other firm has been able to accomplish.

We congratulate the following team members for their achievements:

John Shaughnessy, CMC ’14
Varun Kanwar, HMC ’15
Alex Melville, HMC ’15
George Posner, CMC ’12
Jacob Rosenbloom, HMC ’15

Social Track: ZATTARO
Award: $12, 500


The social champions, ZATTARO, are empowering women in the Bolivian highlands through a line of designer footwear. These shoes, crafted from a unique blend of sheep and alpaca wool and constructed by rural Bolivians, are eventually sold for a premium at high end retailers in New York. ZATTARO pays close attention to its roots, using proceeds to developed educational programs and community improvement schemes back in rural Bolivia.

We congratulate the follow team members for their achievements:

Vedant Jaitha, CMC ‘14
Marcelo De Rada Ocampo, CMC-Columbia 3-2 major, ‘15
Marcelo Pereira