Thought Into Action

Thought Into Action (TIA) provides immersive co-curricular experiences for students to create businesses, non-profits, and campus initiatives while developing entrepreneurial skills along the way. Participants are guided by experienced entrepreneurs and supported by robust on-campus resources. 

Entrepreneurs over the past 14 years
Mentors and advisors
Mentoring hours donated by alumni, family, and friends

Thought Into Action has contributed in instrumental ways to my personal and professional development. It has not only helped to propel my business forward, but it has prepared me to be successful beyond Colgate in any endeavor I pursue.

Miranda Scott ’18

Mentoring by dedicated, seasoned entrepreneurs

Ventures in TIA programs are supported by volunteer mentors who have deep domain expertise. Our mentors are Colgate alumni, parents, and friends who have successfully built and grown early-stage ventures across a wide range of industries. These seasoned entrepreneurs donate their time, knowledge, resources, and connections to support our teams, sharing their wisdom, expertise, and lessons learned. Our mentors create an environment of encouragement for entrepreneurs who are creating novel solutions in unchartered territory, while holding teams to real-world standards.

Meet some of our mentors:

Access to funding and co-working space

Students in the TIA Incubator are eligible for up to $5,000 in seed grant funding as their venture develops: from ideation and validation, to building and launching, to growing and scaling. Teams in the TIA Summer Accelerator receive a $10,000 grant to support their progress. In addition, all entrepreneurs have 24/7 access to The Hub for working, holding team meetings, attending conference calls, and hosting events.

Develop into an entrepreneurial leader

Participation in TIA programs builds entrepreneurial skills: adaptability, resiliency, resourcefulness, strong communication, teamwork, and much more. As an entrepreneur, you'll think about your personal brand, your passions and values, and how you work with teammates and manage others. Join us to see who you become in the process of creating something amazing.

Meet some of our current entrepreneurs:

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Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation