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Grant and Application Information


A grant of $10,000 is awarded to each of the winning teams.In addition the grant, the cost of living in Hamilton for the duration of the program is also covered

(May be taxable. Awardees are encouraged to consult a tax professional.)

Eligibility Requirements

Those receiving awards from the Entrepreneurs Fund have to meet the following requirements:
  • The fund is open to for-profit and non-profit ventures with at least one Colgate member on the founding team.
  • Be in residence in the Village of Hamilton for the duration of the incubator.

More Information

Contact Wills Hapworth, Alumni Executive Director of TIA

Judges' Criteria

Ventures will be judged by a panel of Colgate alumni entrepreneurs on the following:

  • Quality of idea
  • Size of problem
  • Team
  • Demonstrated ability to execute
  • Stage of development
  • Market viability of venture
Judges seek more than just an idea; a prototype and some traction is expected.

Additional Benefits

In addition to funding, award recipients receive the following aids and benefits:

  • Office space in Hamilton
  • Maintain all rights to intellectual property
  • Access to one-on-one mentoring from entrepreneurs in the Colgate/TIA network
  • Access to the upstate New York startup ecosystem
  • Access to the greater Colgate alumni network
  • Startup resources key to launching and growing early stage ventures
  • The benefit of being part of a cohort and sharing best practices with fellow founders