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Entrepreneurs Fund

The Colgate Entrepreneurs Fund was established to grow the ventures of Colgate student/alumni entrepreneurs who are solving big problems and have demonstrated an ability to execute.

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 with a lead gift from Dan and Linda Rosensweig  P'15, '17.


A grant of $12,000 is awarded to each of the winning teams.

(May be taxable. Recipients 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.
  • At least one member of the founding team must reside in the village of Hamilton for the duration of the incubator.
  • Alumni must have graduated within the last 10 years.

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

2017 Fund

Congratulations to the five teams who were chosen as winners of the 2017 Colgate Entrepreneurs Fund. They are: BetterMynd; Gipper; Loopholeroom2learn; and Vision. See the full story here.


    BetterMynd   Gipper   Loophole room2learn Vision   


Entrepreneurs Fund In Action

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Past Award Winners


   Flour & Salt Bakery    Jan2017AlzYouNeedLogo

  good nature       trippie

  chicory2-e1414161909899    indify

fair harbor