The university’s Thought Into Action (TIA) Institute is looking to attract even more entrepreneurial students as it builds on the success of its first four years and the heightened interest created by the recent Entrepreneur Weekend.
TIA is a yearlong extracurricular program that taps into the expertise of successful alumni and parents while teaching students to develop and transform their own idea into reality. In the past, ideas have ranged from launching a nonprofit venture to creating a business, either on campus or halfway around the world.
The institute is now accepting applications for next fall. The deadline is Friday.
A student in the TIA program, Maggie Dunne ’13, recently received a commitment of $25,000 from alumni during Entrepreneur Weekend for her Lakota Children’s Enrichment Inc., a nonprofit corporation she founded that addresses issues facing the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Two other TIA members, Ryan Smith ’13 and Brendan Karson ’13 sold their EcoCampus company to four other students, turning EcoCampus into what may be Colgate’s first student legacy business.
Not all TIA students need funding or want it for their projects to succeed, however. Colin Shipley ’15 is focusing on a student aviation group as his TIA project and hopes to expand membership through more exciting and educational activities.
Keshav Garg ’15 and Aaron Mentos ’15 write, produce, and distribute their own music and joined TIA to learn how they can promote themselves and their music more effectively.