Thought Into Action Incubator

Thought into Action (TIA) is a year-long incubator where participants build a venture that solves a problem in the for-profit, non-profit, or campus/community arena. The program challenges participants to think critically, communicate powerfully, solve complex problems, and persevere despite failure.

The program begins as a year-long commitment and offers successful and motivated entrepreneurs the opportunity to return for subsequent years. It is open to first-years through seniors, as well as alumni and members of the local community.

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

Program Structure

The Incubator meets seven times throughout the school year, from September through March, typically on the first Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Each session includes a workshop about an important topic in entrepreneurship and breakout sessions where participants receive feedback and advice about their venture from mentors and other participants. 

Between sessions, participants connect with their designated mentors and fellow ventures on conference calls, over email and through this website.

Year-long activity culminates at the annual Entrepreneur Weekend on campus, which features panels and speeches from world-renowned entrepreneurs, a venture demo fair, and a pitch competition by student ventures to a panel of founders and funders.

Venture Spotlight

Dunne Goodwin is a full service digital agency providing next generation digital marketing solutions to drive business growth. We help brands capture attention and make lasting impressions. Our strategic yet creative solutions save businesses both time and money, and result in increased traffic, reach, and sales.

Founders: Sheila Dunne ’19 and Luke Goodwin

Mentor Spotlight

Maggie Dunne ’13 is the founder and president of Lakota Children's Enrichment, Inc., a nonprofit which provides opportunities to impoverished children on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Maggie is a magna cum laude graduate in Native American Studies, earning Excellence and Honors from her department, as well as the 1819 Award and many others. In 2015, Maggie was named to the Colgate Board of Trustees.