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Colgate Entrepreneurs Fund

The fund was established in 2013 to grow and advance the ventures of Colgate student and alumni entrepreneurs who are solving problems and demonstrating an ability to execute.
Recipients of funding work in the 20 Utica St. incubator space in downtown Hamilton.

About the Fund

Through spendable gifts made to the Entrepreneurs Fund, action-oriented teams are awarded grants to bring their ventures to commercial viability, sponsored by the Thought Into Action Entrepreneurship Institute. The fund was created and initially funded by Dan Rosensweig P'15, '17.

2014 Entrepreneurs Fund

The application period is over. Winners will be announced during Entrepreneur Weekend.


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Past Award Winners



An award of $15,000 will be given to each of the winning teams.

Awards will be announced on April 10th at Colgate's Entrepreneur Weekend. Take a look at all past award winners.

Award Requirements:
  • Reside for two months in the Village of Hamilton, working in the 20 Utica St. incubator space
  • Use proceeds to address top priorities for commercialization of the venture (e.g., prototype development, branding, marketing, legal considerations)
  • Prepare ventures for future evaluation of viability (customer development, additional capital investment, etc.)

Eligibility Requirements

Those receiving awards from the Entrepreneurs Fund have to meet the following requirements:
  • The fund is open to both not-for-profit and for-profit ventures with at least one Colgate student or alumnus on the founding team
  • Recipients must reside in the Village of Hamilton, New York during the course 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 Syracuse startup eco-system through CenterStateCEO

Judges' Criteria

Ventures will be judged by a panel of Colgate alumni entrepreneurs on the following:
  • Demonstrated ability to execute
  • Commercial and/or social impact
  • Scope of problem being solved and solution proposed
  • Market viability and timing
  • Stage of development
  • Team dynamic
*Seeking more than just an idea; prototype and some traction is expected

*Number of awardees will be decided based on the quality of ventures and team, not based on a quota

More Information

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