Entrepreneurs Fund Summer Accelerator

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.

36
teams to date; 7 cohorts
120+
full-time jobs created and currently filled
55%
of ventures still operating and growing
$480K
seed-granted capital awarded
$20M+
follow-on investment capital raised since participating
2,700+
hours donated by mentors

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

Information for Applicants

The application period for the Entrepreneurs Fund typically takes place from March-April each year. 

Accelerator participants receive the following aids and benefits:

  • Up to $10,000 non-dilutive cash grant; work space and housing for the duration of the accelerator
  • Access to one-on-one mentoring from entrepreneurs in the Colgate/TIA 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 greater Colgate alumni network
  • Access to the upstate New York startup ecosystem
  • Maintain all rights to intellectual property

 

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. 

Teams by Cohort

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2018

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2014

2013