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KLI Innovative Start-Up Award

The Innovative Start-Up Award was founded in 2008 by three young CMC entrepreneurs with the hope of inspiring innovation and risk-taking among their fellow students. The first award offered a prize of $10,000 and was operated as a beta test for Professor Conger’s class. The success of this primary program drew the support of Mr. Henry Kravis ’67, who invested an additional $15,000, bringing the award to a sum of $25,000.

The Kravis Leadership Institute took on the operation of the competition and expanded the application pool to the entire college in order to allow more students to participate. The award is presented annually to a CMC student or team who proposes a business venture with the intention of putting it into operation.

What does it take to win? See the details below:

Flyer (pdf) Overview (pdf) Official Rules (pdf)

See who made it to the final round this year – click here to meet the 2013-2014 finalists!

Want to be inspired? Check out our past winners!

2013-2014 Winners

2012-2013 Winners

2011-2012 Winners

If you have any questions about ISA, please email Neela Rajendra, Director, KLI’s Entrepreneurial Initiatives (