Colgate hosts sixth annual Entrepreneur Weekend

Ryan Diew ’17 pitches Trippie (Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)(Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)(Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)(Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)Oak Atkinson ’87 is presented with the 2017 Alumni Council Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)(Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)(Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)(Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)(Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)(Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)(Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)(Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)(Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)(Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)(Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)

Colgate University, Thought Into Action (TIA), and the Entrepreneur Professional Network hosted the sixth annual Entrepreneur Weekend on April 29, bringing alumni, parents, students, and friends together for the first time in New York City.

The festivities included a panel conversation moderated by Forbes magazine tech editor Steven Bertoni ’02. The panel included: Samantha Radocchia ’11, co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Chronicled; Cliff Sirlin ’89, co-founder of the Domino Media Group and now managing director at LaunchCapital LLC; and Ram Parimi ’05, co-founder and vice president of sales, Social Tables.

The panelists started as advisers, offering insights into building a business after Colgate. Following a lively conversation, they became judges, critiquing venture pitches delivered by TIA student entrepreneurs.

The day also included the announcement of the alumni council’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year award winner, Oak Atkinson ’87, TIA mentor and founder of tumbalina, the artisanal card company that measures its success in smiles.

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