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Attollo: the Rotman startup devoted to giving kids the gift of words

Lak Chinta (Morning MBA ’15) isn’t often at a loss for words. He’s a natural speaker: as comfortable catching up with an old friend as he is pitching an idea at a business meeting.

It’s therefore fitting that he’s one of the brains behind Attollo, a startup that gives kids the gift of words with their innovative talking stickers. Since 2015, when Chinta and his fellow classmates developed the initial idea for stickers that speak for the prestigious Hult Prize Competition, Attollo has made a striking global impact — particularly in communities where kids have limited access to educational opportunities.

Today, they are operating in six countries — Canada, Chile, Ghana, India, Tajikistan and the U.S. Beyond this, they’ve been invited to speak at major childhood development conferences and summits organized by NGOs and governments.

Chinta still remembers their humble beginnings at the Rotman School, where they found support, resources and a voice to make their vision a reality.

“The timing was just right,” he says. “There was a bit of luck involved in the pieces coming together for me to pursue the MBA and start a new journey.”

“How can we feed growing minds that are hungry to learn?”

 

—Lak Chinta, Morning MBA ’15

Learn more on how Lak Chinta received help from the Rotman community on starting Attollo

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