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Entrepreneurs Fund

The Colgate Entrepreneurs Fund was established at Colgate in 2013 to grow the ventures of Colgate student/alumni entrepreneurs who are solving big problems and have demonstrated an ability to execute.
Some students from the Thought Into Action Institute won ENY Fund money


The application process will be announced in February 2016.

See more information below on the award, eligibility requirements, judges' criteria, and additional award benefits. Awardees will be announced @ Colgate's Entrepreneurs Weekend.

About the Fund

Through spendable gifts made to the Entrepreneurs Fund, action-oriented teams are awarded cash grants to bring their ventures to commercial viability. Each team receives seed capital; incubator space for the summer in Hamilton; and intellectual resources from within the Colgate community. The fund was created in 2013 and initially funded by Dan Rosensweig P'15, '17.

Last Year: 2015 Fund

Six winners of Colgate’s 2015 Entrepreneurs Fund competition  were announced during Entrepreneur Weekend:  Brainstorm TechnologiesChildren & Youth First, USA,Echo AppFair Harbor Clothing, Indify, and Platform Athletics. See the full story here.

Brainstorm Technologies   Children & Youth First USA Echo App  Fair Harbor Clothing  indify  platform athletics

Entrepreneurs Fund In Action

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Past Award Winners

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A grant of $15,000 is awarded to each of the winning teams.

2014 awards were announced on April 12th at Colgate's Entrepreneur Weekend. Take a look at all past award winners.

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.
  • At least one member of the founding team must reside in the village of Hamilton for the duration of the incubator.

Additional Award Benefits

In addition to funding, award recipients receive the following aids and benefits:
  • Maintain intellectual property rights
  • Office space in Hamilton
  • Earn an opportunity to present at the end of the award term for the chance to seek additional funding sources
  • Access to the Colgate alumni network
  • Access to the upstate New York startup eco-system

Judges' Criteria

Ventures will be judged by a panel of Colgate alumni entrepreneurs on the following:
  • Demonstrated ability to execute
  • Viability of venture
  • Size of problem
  • Market viability and timing
  • Stage of development
  • Team dynamic
*Seeking more than just an idea; prototype and some traction is expected

More Information

For more information, contact Wills Hapworth, Alumni Executive Director of TIA