2022 Grant Winner: Cooper Purple
We are proud to announce Cooper Purple: Seokwoo (Ryan) Chung (ME '25), Julian Lam (ChE '25), Joonhyuk Woo (Arch '26), and Kyle Ku as the recipient of our 2022 Grant!
Cooper Purple strives to create new fashionable and customizable clothing and items from various recycled materials. Currently, they are experimenting with discarded clothing, but will also branch out with raw materials like discarded wood or bamboo to create biodegradable and environment-friendly material. Their final goal is to use recycled, biodegradable materials to create a wide variety of fashionable products.
2021 Starter Grant Winner: Ekosfere
Ekosfere was founded by sisters Irisa (EE '21) and Ana Llana to bring natural, sustainable products to NYC. Providing personal care, cleaning, and beauty products Ekosfere aims to show customers how easy it is to be sustainable. They will even deliver bulk refills to your apartment door! Ekosfere has already opened a pop-up store in Bryant Park, launched their website, and will be moving into a new storefront space soon.
2020 Grant Winner: Cutouts
Team CUTOUTs is a team of Cooper electrical and mechanical engineering students, consisting of Kevin Kerliu (EE '21). Eugene Jeong (ME '23) and Hans Kiessling (ME '24). We aim to create a more sustainable future by addressing the wastefulness of the current cardboard industry - our planet cannot keep up with it for much longer. With the help of our mentors at Maroon and Gold Labs and our own distinct backgrounds, we hope to solve this problem by reusing wastepaper to create a competitor in the cardboard industry.
2020 Starter Grant Winner: Team BUSB.U.S.
Team B.U.S. consists of Jesse Hall, Tyler Pelayo, Dipto Saha, and Colin Hwang (all EE '24). They are creating energy-efficient solar-powered displays that will help alert commuters about real-time bus arrival times.
2020 Grant Winner:
CROMAS Shoe Company
Congratulations to Team CROMAS: Chris Mignano, Enea Dushaj, and Yuval Philipson (all ME '21) for winning the Spring 2020 M&G Grant! CROMAS is combining innovative designs with sustainable materials in order to reduce waste and provide customizable individualized shoes.
They have received half of their $5k grant and will be awarded the second half upon the completion of their milestones. They are receiving mentorship from alum JP Nahmias (BSE '03), an official mentor of Maroon and Gold Labs. You can see our full mentor list here. Feel free to contact them at email@example.com!
2019 Grant Winner: TwistTalk
"It's only at this tiny school that such a benevolent yet experienced organization could ever form, and I'm really thankful for that." - Brian Chung EE '21
Congratulations to Brian Chung (EE '21) and Hannah Quirk (ME '21) for successfully completing their milestones for Twist Talk, earning the second half of the $5k grant! If you have any questions for them, you can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mentors at Maroon and Gold Labs have helped TwistTalk inventors Brian Chung and Hannah Quirk reach several important milestones including creating a working prototype, meeting legal requirements for patient testing, and piloting the prototype.
Jean Chung Co-Founder
Highmore GI Capital, Chief Investment Officer. Patent attorney. Adjunct entrepreneurship professor
Kim Holleman Director of Innovation
Interdisciplinary Artist and Founder of WildflowerDesigning.com, Former Visiting Scholar and Research Affiliate, MIT Media Lab
Larry Ng Advisor
Board/Advisor to several start-ups; Wall Street Systems, Co-owner; Moneyline Telerate, Founder & EVP; TradeWeb, Founder & CIO; MarketAxess, Founder.
Howie Rosenblatt Co-Founder
Phil Weisberg Co-founder
Founder at Matzliach Capital, Former CEO FXall, Former Head of FX, Rates, Credit at Thomson Reuters.
Austin Wong Director of Operations
ME '17, M.ME '19
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