The Entrepreneurs Fund Summer Accelerator propels the growth of exceptional Colgate startups and helps them reach commercial viability.
Awardees receive up to $10,000 in non-dilutive grant funding, along with workspace and housing in Hamilton, N.Y., for the duration of the accelerator program. Teams grow their ventures with a group like-minded entrepreneurs at similar stages, sharing best practices while benefiting from exclusive access to our expansive network of mentors, experts, and advisors.
The 2020 Entrepreneurs Fund will take place from June 11–July 31.
The University is closely monitoring, planning for, and responding to developments related to COVID-19 and its impact on Colgate students and programs. We are currently working on an alternative contingency plan if circumstances prevent the program from happening in Hamilton.
The fund is open to for-profit and non-profit ventures with at least one Colgate student or recent alumni (graduated within the last 10 years) on the founding team. Additionally, the founding team is expected to reside in Hamilton, N.Y., for the duration of the accelerator program.
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.
Accelerator participants receive the following aids and benefits:
If you have a startup idea that you are serious about bringing to life, you must apply for the Entrepreneurs Fund. 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
Brandon Doby ’18 and Lauren Sanderson ’18
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