Entrepreneurship

In Colgate’s third century, student entrepreneurs develop solutions that address the biggest challenges in business and society, supported by a rigorous liberal arts education and dedicated alumni and parent mentors.

Entrepreneurship at Colgate challenges students to solve complex problems, think creatively, communicate powerfully, and persevere through failure. Through robust programs, funding opportunities, dedicated spaces, and a loyal alumni network, we equip students to develop as entrepreneurial leaders who are prepared to tackle the challenges they encounter during their time at Colgate and beyond.

Our success stories include:

592
Student entrepreneurs in TIA over the past 11 years
$480K+
Funding awarded to student- and alumni-led ventures
26,380
Mentoring hours donated by alumni, family, and friends

Thought Into Action Incubator

During the rigorous, year-long Thought into Action incubator, participants build a venture that solves a problem in the for-profit, non-profit, or campus/community arena. The program challenges participants to think critically, communicate powerfully, solve complex problems, and persevere despite failure.

Funding Opportunities

Colgate students have access to critical funds to support their ventures and enable their professional growth. These funds equip students to execute solutions, think critically and problem solve, and develop as entrepreneurial leaders.

Entrepreneur Weekend

A weekend-long celebration of Colgate entrepreneurship, featuring world-renowned entrepreneurs, Colgate’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and our distinctive student entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs Fund Summer Accelerator

Action-oriented teams accepted into the Entrepreneurs Fund Summer Accelerator program receive intense mentoring by seasoned alumni entrepreneurs as they spend the summer fully immersed in growing their ventures.

Downtown Coworking Space

20 Utica Street is a New York State certified business incubator in downtown Hamilton that is infused with creativity and innovation, inspiring impactful work. Students are surrounded by a community of entrepreneurs and supported by a vibrant regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Colgate Alumni Entrepreneur Network

A dedicated network of funders, founders, and content experts donate their time and talent to support students and fellow alumni. Colgate’s Entrepreneur Network provides an invaluable resource to our entrepreneurs.

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Contact

Director, Thought into Action
Thought Into Action Alumni Executive Director
13 Oak Drive