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Question of the day: How worried should higher education leaders be about the future?

May 5, 2014
Jeff Fager '77 (left), chairman of CBS News, moderates the panel discussion at The TimesCenter. (Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)

Jeff Fager ’77 (left), chairman of CBS News, moderates the panel discussion at The TimesCenter. (Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)

After Clayton Christensen predicted that half of higher education institutions will either be facing bankruptcy or in liquidation within 10 to 15 years, six liberal arts presidents expressed varying degrees of concern, ranging from “no­t worried” (Georgia Nugent, president emeritus of Kenyon College) to “only the paranoid survive” (Colgate President Jeffrey Herbst).

Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma and cofounder of the consulting firm Innosight, delivered the keynote address at the Innovation + Disruption in Higher Education symposium, hosted by Colgate University at the TimesCenter in New York City. Read more


Clayton Christensen delivers keynote at Colgate’s Innovation+Disruption symposium

May 5, 2014
Clayton Christensen and Colgate President Jeffrey Herbst following the Innovation + Disruption symposium keynote.

Clayton Christensen (left) and Colgate President Jeffrey Herbst talk at the symposium. (Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)

Clayton Christensen kicked off Colgate University’s Innovation + Disruption symposium today with cautionary tales of industry giants felled by technological disruption, and why higher education should pay attention to the growth of online universities.

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Colgate hosts Innovation + Disruption symposium

May 5, 2014

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The stage is set for a robust discussion today, as nearly 400 leaders in business and higher education gather to attend Colgate University’s Innovation + Disruption symposium at the TimesCenter in New York City.  (The symposium begins at 8:30 a.m., and can be viewed live.)

The high-level crowd includes 15 college presidents, online education providers, career services professionals, high school counselors, and trustees and faculty members representing more than 20 higher ed institutions.

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Colgate launches Entrepreneur Professional Network during Entrepreneur Weekend 2014

April 18, 2014
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Katie Finnegan ’05, chair of the Entrepreneur Professional Network, at the group’s launch during Entrepreneur Weekend on April 11.

There are finals, and then there are finales.

Colgate launched its Entrepreneur Professional Network on April 11, the grand finale in a series of network launches that have taken place throughout the academic year.

The reception took place backstage after Colgate’s Entrepreneur Weekend all-star panel, and hundreds of alumni and guests were in attendance.

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Watch: Julian Farrior ’93, Colgate’s Entrepreneur of the Year, discusses innovation

April 15, 2014


Day two of Entrepreneur Weekend expands generous support for Colgate student ventures

April 14, 2014
Students discuss their ventures during day two of Entpreneurship Weekend. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Students discuss their ventures during day two of Entrepreneurship Weekend. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Day two of Colgate’s Thought Into Action Entrepreneur Weekend proved what Friday evening’s superstar panel had already established: Success is not a zero-sum game, especially when the players in question are student entrepreneurs in Colgate’s Thought Into Action (TIA) weekend mentorship program.

In a Shark Tank-like session on Friday night, three student ventures, each with solid potential for success, were deemed worthy of a $5,000 investment from Chegg, via CEO Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17, who also is former COO of Yahoo.

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Stars come out for Colgate’s third annual Entrepreneur Weekend

April 14, 2014
Taking part in the panel discussion are  (from left) John Donahoe, Tony Bates, Ashton Kutcher, Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17, Brian Chesky, and David Faber. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Taking part in the panel discussion are (from left) John Donahoe, Tony Bates, Ashton Kutcher, Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17, Brian Chesky, and David Faber. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Colgate was the center of the entrepreneurial universe for a few hours Friday night, April 11, when more than 2,000 students, parents, and others streamed into Cotterell Court for a frank and freewheeling panel discussion that featured some of the biggest names in the business of disruptive technology.

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Watch: Nation’s top entrepreneurs share tips during Colgate visit

April 14, 2014

This discussion from Colgate’s Entrepreneur Weekend features Ashton Kutcher, actor, director, entrepreneur and investor; Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17, former COO of Yahoo, CEO of Guitar Hero, and now CEO of Chegg; Tony Bates, former executive vice president of development and strategy for Microsoft, CEO of Skype, and head of enterprise for Cisco Systems; Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, one of the most innovative companies to come out of Silicon Valley in the past 10 years; John Donahoe, eBay president and CEO; and moderator Dave Faber of CNBC.


Colgate students get good guidance, funding during Entrepreneur Weekend

April 11, 2014
Ashton Kutcher

Panelists sport new Colgate gear. They are (from left) John Donahoe, Tony Bates, Ashton Kutcher, Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17, Brian Chesky, and David Faber. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Colgate student entrepreneurs, showing the grit that Ashton Kutcher said was vital to success, pitched their ideas Friday night to an A-list of innovators who were on campus for the university’s third annual Thought Into Action Entrepreneur Weekend.

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Colgate’s April Fools’ Day gag makes international impression

April 2, 2014

In true Colgate fashion, the humor was biting at times and there were very few gaps, as the university’s April Fools’ Day gag to open a new dental school made quite an impression. The (story and video) made the international media smile, and by the end of the day one thing was clear: with or without a dental school, Colgate is clearly on the cusp of something great.

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Colgate to host Innovation + Disruption symposium on May 5 in New York and via Livestream

March 18, 2014

innovation and disruption symposium
On May 5, Colgate University will host Innovation + Disruption, a symposium about technology, the liberal arts, and preparing graduates for the future.

Clayton Christensen, Kim B. Clark professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School and co-founder of the innovation consulting firm Innosight, will tee up the event with a keynote address titled “The Innovative University.”

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Bates, Chesky, Kutcher, Rosensweig to headline third annual Entrepreneur Weekend

March 10, 2014

Entrepreneur Weekend

Innovators upend traditional routines. Colgate is celebrating and invoking that spirit during its third annual Thought Into Action Entrepreneur Weekend, April 11–12. The result promises to be an exciting and informative experience for the university’s community of entrepreneurial students, parents, alumni, and faculty.

Entrepreneur Weekend begins at 6.p.m. on Friday in Cotterell Court with a panel conversation on founding, funding, building, and scaling the most innovative companies in the world. Not one, but four superstar entrepreneurs will share the stage this year.

The panel includes Tony Bates, former executive vice president of development and strategy for Microsoft, CEO of Skype, and head of enterprise for Cisco Systems, as well as Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, one of the most innovative companies to come out of Silicon Valley in the past 10 years. Chesky, one of Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40, is considered a leader of the new sharing economy, and his company is disrupting the hospitality industry.

Bates and Chesky will be joined by Ashton Kutcher — actor, director, entrepreneur, and investor. Kutcher recently portrayed Apple legend Steve Jobs, in the movie Jobs. Kutcher and his partner, Guy Oseary, founded a leading early-stage investing firm, A-Grade Investments, and have invested in important companies like Airbnb, Spotify, Warby Parker, and Sound Cloud. Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17, former COO of Yahoo, CEO of Guitar Hero, and now CEO of Chegg, rounds out the panel, which will be hosted by David Faber of CNBC Squawk on the Street fame.

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Colgate launches second annual Entrepreneurs Fund for students and alumni

February 18, 2014
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Recipients of the Entrepreneurs Fund will work on developing their small businesses with the assistance of Colgate entrepreneur mentorship and shared workspace. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Just like last year, Colgate student and alumni entrepreneurs are invited to apply for the Colgate Entrepreneurs Fund.

Applications are now being accepted for the first round of awards. The fund was established to grow and advance for-profit and not-for-profit ventures that “have the potential to solve big problems.” The fund’s mission is also to keep such entrepreneurial activity in Hamilton and central New York. Read more


Shane Emmett ’00 featured in NPR story on crowdfunding

November 26, 2013

Feel Good Food Scene Article Shane Emmett ’00, CEO of Health Warrior, which makes chia seed “superfood” bars, was on NPR this morning talking about crowdfunding.

The piece is titled “Small Firms May Soon Turn To Crowdfunding To Sell Shares” and reports on how smaller firms might raise money using crowdfunding.

Emmet was featured in an article called “Feel-Good Food” in the autumn issue of the Colgate Scene. Sarah Stewart ’04, another entrepreneur featured in the Scene article, turned to Kickstarter last year to raise funds for her company, Pop Nation. The Pop Nation Kickstarter campaign raised just over $50,000 from 330 people.

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Feel-good food: Young alumni entrepreneurs creating their own definitions of edible goodness

November 2, 2013

FeelGoodFoodFeel-good food: It can be defined in different ways, depending on the creator and the consumer. Colgate Scene associate editor Aleta Mayne recently talked to six young alumni who have created their own definitions of feel-good food, whether it’s workout fuel or gourmet sweet treats made from fresh ingredients.

These entrepreneurs have filled us up with their stories, advice, and even what’s in their refrigerators (lots of condiments, it turns out!).

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