Thought Into Action (TIA) offers immersive co-curricular programs that enable aspiring entrepreneurs to develop an idea into a real product or service. Participants are guided by seasoned entrepreneurs and supported by robust on-campus resources. TIA offers two programs for current and aspiring entrepreneurs to support them at different stages of their journeys.
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 coworking space
Ventures in the TIA Incubator can apply for seed grants that provide startup capital to validate demand for their products and services with real customer sand stakeholders. Teams in the Entrepreneurs Fund Summer Accelerator receive a cash grant of $7,500 to support their progress. In addition, all entrepreneurs have 24/7 access to The Hub at 20 Utica Street for working, holding team meetings, attending conference calls, and hosting events.
Embracing a wide range of ventures
No matter what you're interested in creating, TIA programs can help you launch your idea and move their forward. Our ventures include businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprises across an array of industries, including agriculture, beauty, education, food and beverage, manufacturing, retail, technology, wearables, and more. Whether you're looking to create a smartphone app, campus-focused service, community organization, manufacturing company, or something else, you will find a home in TIA.
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.