The TIA Summit Series is a workshop and speaker series for the entire campus, covering entrepreneurial topics. The series was developed by a TIA student three years ago to supplement the curriculum of the monthly TIA workshops. We’ve hosted workshops on building a website on a shoestring budget; how to make a Kickstarter video; how to conduct surveys for market validation; and how to 3D print. Speakers have included Sian-Pierre Regis ’06 on how to build a personal brand; Deborah Tutnauer ’81 on how women can demand their worth; and Cindi Bigelow of Bigelow teas on running a successful family-owned business. We partner with clubs, academic departments, or offices such as when TIA students present at department brown bags or similar events. Students have presented to the Women’s Studies brown bag that is typically attended by over 100 students each week. Other examples are students with technology-driven ventures who have presented at Computer Sciences; ventures with a social component at the Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE); and ventures around sustainability or are environmentally conscious at Environmental Studies.
One current goal of the series is to highlight our belief that entrepreneurship is not just about starting a business; but rather is about identifying a problem and creating a solution for that problem. Through the Summit Series we are able to demonstrate how entrepreneurship can be applied to just about any academic or personal interest.
Startup Experience – NYC
January 13 – 17, 2018
As part of the TIA Summit Series, we are excited to bring the Startup Experience 2-day entrepreneurship program to Colgate University! The Startup Experience is an intensive hands-on workshop for future entrepreneurs and social innovators.
This is a unique opportunity to learn what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. Students will hear from experienced global entrepreneurs and will work in a team to transform a big problem into a new opportunity for a startup company. During the program participants will learn what it means to have an entrepreneurial mindset, how to be more creative, how to test innovative ideas, and how to build a real viable company in just two days.
The workshop will be led by serial entrepreneur Henrik Scheel who grew up in Denmark but now lives in Silicon Valley, California. Henrik brings a wealth of experience from the startup ecosystem in San Francisco and has worked with entrepreneurs in 25 countries around the world.
This program is for anyone interested in being a change maker – the skills learned can be applied in all industries and in all careers.
The workshop will be followed by an immersion trip to New York City. Students will spend one full day visiting startups in the city capped off by a Colgate Professional Network event in the evening. This is a perfect opportunity for students to experience first hand the fast-paced and exciting world of startups at every level.
The workshop and immersion trip are sponsored by Thought Into Action, Entrepreneurship at Colgate and the Fox Leadership Endowment. Thank you to all who support these initiatives so that we are able to provide these experiences for our students.