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 Entrepreneurs Fund Summer Accelerator is made possible entirely by gifts from alumni, family, and friends. To contribute, make a gift to Thought Into Action. Thank you to the generous contributors who have supported Colgate summer accelerator programs since 2013 with their gifts to the Entrepreneurship in New York Fund and Thought Into Action.
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
The application period for the Entrepreneurs Fund typically takes place from March-April each year.
Accelerator participants receive the following aids and benefits:
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.
Kai Davis ’23, Grace Merelda
Far Owl Studios designs and creates video games that take time-tested best practices from the gaming industry and puts their own fresh take on them. Our international team is composed of diverse creators from Egypt, England, Russia, and other countries around the world.
Brandon Doby ’18 and Lauren Sanderson ’18
ISO Film is a creative content house that specializes in full service film and video production. ISO walks the line between art and commerce by bringing a high level of artistry to business projects, which distinguishes our product and makes our customers stand out in the corporate world.