Alumni Update: Nate Pruszinske and FLTR

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Hello MCA!

It’s been 3 years since my graduation and a lot has been happening lately. As a full time mechanical engineering student at Iowa State University, I decided to participate in the National Student Exchange Program, where I’ve spent my entire Junior year and Summer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa! It’s been an adventure for sure, but even more useful was the opportunity to grow and launch my own business, FLTR.

Over the past two and a half years, I’ve worked on designing sunglasses lenses that would filter your view similar to social media filters, and have designed and manufactured these extremely unique double-gradient sunglasses. Living in Hawaii has given me great opportunity to test the product in a sunny environment, as well as reach out to many travelers and residents in the area.

The unique lenses are what really set FLTR apart from regular sunglasses, which are typically dull, monotone, and desaturating to your view. FLTR’s patent-pending double-gradients lenses shade your upper and lower view, brightening your center focus and enhancing color and contrast like nothing you’ve ever seen before! Instead of just darkening your view with regular sunglasses tones, you can choose between our three filtered lenses – Aloha, Resol, and Lago. FLTRs also use the latest protective vision technology, preventing 99-100% of the sun’s harmful radiation (UVA and UVB rays) from impacting and damaging your eyes! So not only are you enhancing your view, you’re protecting your eyes!

On May 30th I launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund this startup, and have begun raising funds to kick-start these sweet filtered sunglasses! In order to begin manufacturing, we need to reach our goal of $20,000 by June 30th, and can only do so by reaching out to as many people as possible to spread the word!

You can check out the FLTR Kickstarter page at and the website at! Thank you in advance for any and all support.


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