Five Thought Into Action students graduated this past weekend in Colgate’s 193rd commencement ceremonies. All of these students were star TIA entrepreneurs and will continue the businesses they began in the student incubator past graduation.
Justin Altus is a multi-year TIA student who created two different businesses and will leave the Colgate campus a better place with BusPath, a real-time mobile app for the Colgate Cruiser. BusPath enables users to follow the cruisers in real time so passengers will always know where the cruiser is at any given time. He and a friend also created Canister Shotglass, LLC, a single vessel shotglass, separated into two chambers that allows users to drink a shot and simultaneously release the lock so that a chaser smoothly follows the liquor. There’s no word yet on which invention Colgate students find more crucial to their college experience.
Josh Lasker and Daniel Swiecki started Sapling Advisory, described as “like eHarmony* for financial advisors.” They match financial advisors to clients not just based on the services they offer, but also based on a large variety of personal attributes proven to lead to a more trusting relationship. Josh and Daniel pitched their business to the superstar panel during eWeekend and walked away with $5000 toward their venture. They were also awarded a Colgate Entrepreneur Fund award that will allow them to work on marketing for Sapling, enabling them to bring more financial advisors on board and reach out to more potential customers.
Katie Rydell and Amara Wilson have created an app that is the best place to find the perfect date for your next event! Late Date takes the stress out of finding a plus-one to any range of events, from high school proms to business gatherings. Katie and Amara were busy the month of April; they attended the UVANY Venture Forum: Ithaca Student e-Ship in CNY “Tomorrow’s Leaders” where they pitched their product to over 400 attendees including Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of Chobani, the keynote speaker. The following weekend Katie pitched Late Date to the superstar panel during Eweekend and almost 2000 audience members. Like Sapling, Late Date won $5000 for their venture. Katie and Amara were also awarded a Colgate Entrepreneur Fund award which will enable them to hire developers and further work on the technical aspects of their application.
Good luck to our graduating seniors! We’ll miss you and hope you’ll pay it forward by mentoring future classes of the TIA Student Incubator!