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Innovative Start-Up Award Competition

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.
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Summer Sponsored Internships in Leadership

The focus of the sponsored internship program is to provide CMC students with a meaningful experience in an organization that provides multiple opportunities to learn and develop personal leadership skills and develop an increased appreciation for social responsibility.
KLI internships are designed to enable students to work for public (for-profit), governmental, and not-for-profit (social) organizations and combine their work experience with the academic requirement of INT 199: Internship, for academic credit.
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Kravis-de Roulet Conference







The Kravis-de Roulet Leadership conferences, which began in 1990, are annual leadership conferences funded jointly by an endowment from Henry R. Kravis and the de Roulet family. This perpetual funding, along with additional support from the Kravis Leadership Institute and Claremont McKenna College, enables us to attract the finest leadership scholars and practitioners as conference presenters and participants.

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Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership

Established in 2006, the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership conducts a rigorous due diligence and selection process to choose an annual recipient. A formal Award Ceremony celebrates the recipient’s accomplishments and $250,000 is directed to a nonprofit organization designated by the recipient.
The Prize aspires to impact the nonprofit sector overall by lauding strong performance and sharing recipients’ best practices with others.
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Sophomore Leadership Experience

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In the fall, incoming sophomores have an opportunity to apply and expand their leadership knowledge during a three-day experiential learning trip, the Sophomore Leadership Experience, held at a camp in the mountains above CMC.
The trip includes large and small group activities designed to give students increased self-awareness, facilitate group bonding, and develop leadership skills.
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