TIA Entrepreneur Showcase

A celebration and recognition of entrepreneurship at Colgate, featuring innovative student ventures, panel discussion with leading entrepreneurs, and the Entrepreneur of the Year.

Join us for a celebration and recognition of entrepreneurship at Colgate:

  • Meet the entrepreneurs behind innovative Colgate startups, and help choose the ventures that will receive cash grants.
  • Watch five exceptional teams compete in the pitch competition.
  • Hear from a panel of accomplished alumni entrepreneurs, including Colgate’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Craig Hatkoff ’76.

Part of Arts, Creativity, and Innovation Weekend



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Steve Bertoni ’02


Assistant managing editor, Forbes

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Craig Hatkoff  ’76

Entrepreneur of the Year

Co-founder, Tribeca Film Festival and Disruptor Awards 2024

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Madeline Bayliss ’76

Advocate and advisor for Tech for Good, DE&I, and LGBTQ+

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Don De Laria

Partner and co-founder, Larkin Express Logistics; chief operating officer, Asset Recovery Company of America

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Heather Saffer

Entrepreneur and startup advisor; founder, Dollop Gourmet

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Maria Zhang P’27

CEO and founder, Proactive AI Lab; former vice president of engineering at Google, Meta, and Microsoft

With pitches by:

Pair and Care

Founded by Chayce Canty ’27; co-founders: Maddie Theveny ’27, Henry Galicich ’27

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Founded by Nicole Gordon ’10; Eric Gordon P’10, business manager

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KU Card Collector Sports Cards

Founded by Geordie Waldman ’27

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Farmstead 1868

Founder and CEO Monica Cutillo Cody; Kieran Keel ’24, sales and marketing research

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TON Solutions

Founded by Chris Cherniakov ’24

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