TIA Summer Accelerator

The TIA Summer Accelerator propels the growth of exceptional Colgate startups. 

Awardees will receive a $10,000 non-dilutive grant, workspace and accommodations in Hamilton, hands-on mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs, and additional startup resources from the Colgate community. The 2023 program will run from June 7 to July 29.

The TIA Summer Accelerator is made possible entirely by gifts from alumni, family, and friends. To contribute, make a gift to Colgate E&I. Thank you to the generous contributors who have supported Colgate summer accelerator programs since 2013.

Information for Applicants

The summer accelerator is open to for-profit and non-profit ventures with at least one Colgate student or recent alumna/us (graduated within the last 10 years) on the founding team. Teams are expected to commit to the summer accelerator full-time for its entire duration, and all members of the founding/executive team are expected to be in residence in Hamilton. 

Teams are expected to have completed prototyping and have initial traction with their venture. Ventures will be judged by a panel of Colgate alumni entrepreneurs on criteria that include quality of idea, size of problem, team, demonstrated ability to execute, stage of development, and market viability of venture.

Accepted teams must have an established business entity and an Employer Identification Number (EIN) by the start of the program. Our office can connect accepted teams to resources to help establish this business identity in advance of the program start date. International students are directed to reach out to the Office of International Student Services before applying to verify appropriate work authorization and ability to establish a business entity and receive an EIN.

The deadline to apply is February 15. Review judges will evaluate all applications and develop a shortlist of finalists. These teams will be invited to a 20-minute Zoom interview. Decisions will be conveyed to teams by mid-March. Participating teams will be formally announced at the Entrepreneur Weekend showcase on Saturday, April 15.

Accelerator participants receive the following aids and benefits:

  • $10,000 non-dilutive cash grant
  • Work space and housing in Hamilton for the duration of the accelerator
  • Access to one-on-one mentoring from entrepreneurs in the Colgate network
  • Opportunity to be part of a cohort of entrepreneurs where you share best practices and breakthroughs with fellow founders
  • Startup resources key to launching and growing early stage ventures
  • Access to the upstate New York startup ecosystem
  • Maintain all rights to intellectual property


teams to date; 10 cohorts
full-time jobs created and currently filled
of ventures still operating or acquired
seed-granted capital awarded
follow-on investment capital raised since participating
hours donated by mentors

If you have a startup idea that you are serious about bringing to life, you must apply for the TIA Summer Accelerator. The resources provided for an early stage startup are vital and could be difference between being able to make it happen or letting an idea sit on a shelf. It certainly made the difference for indify.

Keshav Garg ’15, co-founder and CEO, indify

Teams by Cohort