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Entrepreneur Weekend

Highlights Over the Years

Richard Branson, Virgin Group
Virgin founder and billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson told students "The world needs entrepreneurs." READ MORE: The world needs entrepreneurs
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook
Facebook COO and author of Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg, speaks with the Colgate Women in Business before addressing campus. LEARN MORE:Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook
Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani
Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani founder and CEO, shared his story with students, alumni, parents, and friends of Colgate in 2013. READ MORE Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani
Ashton Kutcher, Katalyst
In 2014, Ashton Kutcher advocated for student entrepreneurs to show their grit, continuing to work when most people would quit. READ MORE Ashton Kutcher, Katalyst
Each spring Colgate University celebrates, endorses, and advances the entrepreneurial spirit of its students and alumni with a weekend-long event.
Every year we are joined by real-world entrepreneurs who share their success stories and lessons learned, and evaluate the most promising ventures emerging from the TIA Incubator during a Shark Tank-like pitch competition.

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Entrepreneur Weekend 2018

Now in its seventh year, Colgate’s Entrepreneur Weekend is an opportunity to celebrate and advance the entrepreneurial spirit of our students and greater community.

On Saturday, April 7, an expert panel with experience in marketing, filmmaking, venture capital, tech, and retail will host an intimate discussion on The Liberal Arts and Entrepreneurship. We will showcase some of Colgate’s finest student ventures, with an opportunity to raise capital and receive valuable advice with the primary goal of accelerating their ventures. The Colgate Entrepreneur of the Year Award will also be announced.

Schedule of Events

All events will be held at the Hall of Presidents, Colgate University
  • 11:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m.: Networking, TIA demos & pitches
  • 12:45–1:00 p.m.: Welcoming remarks and the Entrepreneur of the Year
  • 1:00–1:30 p.m.: Founders panel: The Liberal Arts & Entrepreneurship
  • 1:30–2:00 p.m.: Shark Tank
  • 2:00–2:15 p.m.: Closing Remarks / Entrepreneur Fund Winners
  • 2:15–3:00 p.m.: Networking
Portrait of Kate Finnegan
Principal & Founder Store No 8 | VP, Incubation Walmart
Co-founder, Hukkster

About Katie Finnegan '05
Portrait of Bob Gold 
CEO and President at Ridgewood Capital


About Bob Gold '80
Portrait of Jon Klein 
Co-founder, CEO at TAPP Media​
Former president, CNN/US

About Jon Klein
Portrait of Jeffrey Sharp 
President/CEO of Sharp Independent Pictures | Film & TV Producer

About Jeffrey Sharp '89


Previous Weekends

Entrepreneur Weekend 2017

2017 Weekend Recap
Steven Bertoni '02, Forbes magazine tech editor
Forbes magazine tech editor
 
About Steven Bertoni '02
Ram Parimi '05, Vice president, sales at Social Tables
Vice president, sales at Social Tables

About Ram Parimi '05
Samantha Radocchia '11
Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Chronicled Inc.
About Samantha Radocchia '11
Cliff Sirlin '89, Co-founder, Domino Media Group; Managing director, LaunchCapital LLC
Co-founder, Domino Media Group; Managing director, LaunchCapital LLC
About Cliff Sirlin '89


Entrepreneur Weekend 2016

2016 weekend recap
Steven Bertoni '02, Forbes magazine tech editor
Forbes magazine tech editor
 
About Steven Bertoni '02
Peter Boyce, Venture @ General Catalyst Partners + Rough Draft Ventures
Venture @ General Catalyst Partners + Rough Draft Ventures
About Peter Boyce
Tyler Haney, CEO, Outdoor Voices
CEO, Outdoor Voices

About Tyler Haney
Payal Kadakia, CEO and Co-founder, ClassPass
CEO and Co-founder, ClassPass

About Payal Kadakia
Jon-McNeill, President, Global Sales and Service at Tesla Motors
President, Global Sales and Service at Tesla Motors
About Jon McNeill
Clare MacGoey, Giphy CFO
CFO, Giphy

About Clare MacGoey




Entrepreneur Weekend 2015

2015 weekend recap
Jessica Alba: Founder and CCO, The Honest Company
Founder and CCO, The Honest Co.

About Jessica Alba
Neil Blumenthal: Co-founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker
Co-founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker

About Neil Blumenthal
Gregg Coleman: President, BuzzFeed
President, BuzzFeed

About Greg Coleman
MC Hammer, Artist and Entrepreneur
Artist and Entrepreneur

About MC Hammer
Jen Hyman: Co-founder and CEO, Rent the Runway
Co-founder and CEO, Rent the Runway

About Jennifer Hyman
Daniel Rosensweig: Chairman and CEO, Chegg
Chairman and CEO, Chegg

About Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17
David Fialkow, Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners
Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners

About David Fialkow '81




Entrepreneur Weekend 2014

2014 weekend recap
Tony Bates, Executive VP, Microsoft
Executive VP, Microsoft

About Tony Bates
Brian Chesky, Co-founder and CEO, Airbnb
Co-founder and CEO, Airbnb

About Brian Chesky
David Faber, CNBC anchor/producer
CNBC anchor/producer

About David Faber
Ashton Kutcher, Actor/producer, co-founder of Katalyst
Actor/producer, co-founder of Katalyst

About Ashton Kutcher
Daniel Rosensweig P'15 '17, President and CEO, Chegg
President and CEO, Chegg

About Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17
John Donahoe II, President and CEO of eBay
President and CEO, eBay

About John Donahoe




Entrepreneur Weekend 2013

2013 weekend recap
Sheryl Sandberg
COO, Facebook

About Sheryl Sandberg
Hamdi Ulukaya
CEO, Chobani

About Hamdi Ulukaya




Entrepreneur Weekend 2012

Richard Branson
Founder, Virgin Group

About Richard Branson

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