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Entrepreneurs Fund

The Colgate Entrepreneurs Fund was established to grow the ventures of Colgate student/alumni entrepreneurs who are solving big problems and have demonstrated an ability to execute.
A group photo of the 2017 Entrepreneurs Fund Winners.

About the Fund


The Entrepreneurs Fund accelerates the ventures of Colgate student/alumni entrepreneurs who are solving big problems and have demonstrated an ability to execute.


Through spendable gifts made to the eFund, action-oriented teams are awarded cash grants to bring their ventures to commercial viability. Each team receives a seed grant; incubator space for the summer in Hamilton; mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs in the Colgate/TIA Network; and additional startup resources from within the Colgate community.

The fund was established in 2013, and maintained with lead gifts from Dan and Linda Rosensweig P'15, '17, Noah Wintroub '98 and Carey Jennings, and Michael '86 and Julie Ellenbogen.

See Grant and Application Information for details on the award and how to apply.

eFund by the Numbers

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Teams by Cohort

Summer 2017

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BetterMynd
BetterMynd is improving the mental health of America’s 21 million college students. BetterMynd gives students access to a network of certified mental health counselors and allows them to engage in teletherapy sessions. 
Cody Semrau ‘14
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CampusReel
CampusReel democratizes the college campus visit. We mitigate financial, temporal and logistical restraints that prevent prospective students from visiting campuses through a platform rich with video content from colleges across the country. 
Rob Carroll ’15 and Nick Freud ‘15

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Gipper
Gipper is a sports highlight app and service that harnesses a love for athletics to improve engagement and further advancement at high schools and colleges.
Matthew Glick ‘19 and Jack Zamore ‘20

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Loophole 
Loophole makes a rubber ring phone accessory that prevents you from dropping your phone while also improving how you use your phone.
Patrick Crowe ‘18 and Steven Stillwell
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Room2Learn
Room2Learn is a social platform and design consultancy that provides custom and affordable design solutions for K-12 schools, designing delightful spaces for learning.
Grace O’Shea ‘11 and Jane Zhang

2016



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Alz You Need

Connective communication app for families with a loved-one battling Alzheimer's or dementia that allows everyone to stay in the loop using our unique remote reminders
Leda Rosenthal ‘18
https://alzyouneed.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leda-rosenthal-578650a7/


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 Amber's Natural Goods, LLC
Amber’s Natural Goods is an all-natural peanut and nut butter products start up located in Hamilton, NY. All our products are made fresh in small batches with no high fructose corn syrup, palm oil, or anything weird.
Amber Codiroli ‘10
https://www.linkedin.com/in/amber-codiroli-ba69602a/


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Flour and Salt Bakery
Niche bakery in Hamilton, NY
Britty Buonocore ‘12
https://www.flourandsalt.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/britty-buonocore-67015b28/ 


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Halligan.io
Mobile apparatus check software for firefighters
Adam Pratt ‘18 and Alex Montgomery ‘11
https://halligan.io
https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-pratt-73a4aa103/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexanderhmontgomery/


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Trippie
Interactive mapping service for airports
Ryan Diew ‘17 and Samantha Braver 
https://trippie.co
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryandiew/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sbraver/ 

2015



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Echo App
A mobile app that algorithmically ranked public events in a user's local area
Adam Buys ‘17 and Zy Mazza
https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-buys-02163b88/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/zymazza/



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Fair Harbor Clothing

A clothing company that makes mens swim shorts out of recycled plastic bottles
Jake Danehy ‘16 and Caroline Danehy ‘19
https://fairharborclothing.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jake-danehy-97756471/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/caroline-danehy-60b18564/



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Indify
 
A music data platform that uses an algorithm to predict the next big music stars
Keshav Garg ‘15, Connor Lawrence and Matthew Pavia
https://indify.io
https://www.linkedin.com/in/keshav-garg-5b537568/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/conlaw/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattpavia/



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Life Vision Academy/CYF USA
A progressive boarding school, life-saving home, and creative launch pad that is transforming Nepal's marginalized youth into confident leaders
Amanda Brown ‘15
https://www.cyfnepal.org
https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandadansonbrown/



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PLT4M (Platform Athletics)

An online training platform built for high school athletics and physical education
Alex Relph ‘09 and Sam Breslin ‘09
https://plt4m.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-relph-mba-91642419/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-breslin-cscs-75895162/


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Reign (Brainstorm Technologies)

A company using the latest brain technology to unlock athletes potential
Alex Drakos ‘16 and Dave Myers ‘14
https://www.reign.tech
https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-drakos-3a736b90/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-myers-a4a792a1/

2014



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Hamilton United Gift Shop (HUGS)
An interactive website where users can order and customize gift packages made up of goods from the Hamilton area
Max Stein ‘17
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maxwell-stein-7a260374/



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Late Date
Best place to find the perfect date to your next event
Katie Rydell ‘14
https://www.linkedin.com/in/katie-rydell-bb49b666/



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Prettier Please 
Beauty on demand, bringing the user experience of Uber and personalization of Rent the Runway to beauty services
Olivia Cranin ‘17
https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliviaabramowitz/


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Sapling Advisory

eHarmony for financial advisors and prospective clients
Josh Lasker ‘14 and Daniel Swiecki ‘14
https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshualasker/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielswiecki/



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Vern Clothing

Handmade fair trade accessories
Viktor Mak ‘15 and Matthew Kordonowy
http://www.vernclothing.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/viktormak/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-kordonowy-952a9961/

2013


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Chicory (Recipe into Reality)

Creates distributed digital grocery experiences to reach grocery shoppers online
Yuni Sameshima ‘13 and Joey Petracca ‘13
https://www.chicory.co
https://www.linkedin.com/in/yunisameshima/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/joeypetracca/



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 Good Nature Brewing

NY's first Farm Brewery
Carrie Blackmore ‘08 and Matt Whalen
https://goodnaturebrewing.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/carrie-blackmore-a29bb0140/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-whalen-0681a044/ 



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Swig (Shindig)
Smart retail built for mobile messaging
Harry Raymond ‘11
https://www.drinkeasy.co
https://www.linkedin.com/in/hraymond/



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GateSwap
Buy, sell and trade goods and services on college campuses
Rob Carroll ‘15 and Gabe Zetter ’15
https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertcarroll2/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabrielzetter/



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ProtoExchange

Cloud-based manufacturing
Jon Placa and Jimmy Placa ‘07
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonplaca/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimmy-placa-34195468/


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The Real Abroad
Tripadvisor for college students
Jack Henley ‘13
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackhenley/

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