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The Keller Center’s eLab Summer Accelerator Program at Princeton University is a launch pad for student startups. The program is open, by application only, to some of Princeton’s brightest and most dynamic students. Now in its fourth year, the eLab is based in the new Entrepreneurial Hub at 34 Chambers Street in downtown Princeton. Over a period of ten weeks student teams work intensively on their startup ideas, attend a series of targeted workshops, and receive valuable mentorship and advising through a network of seasoned entrepreneurs and technology experts, all with the goal of developing their startup ideas into viable, scalable ventures. 

Prior to the inception of the program, teams selected for the eLab meet with a faculty member to discuss their key project milestones, deliverables, and formalized plan of action. During the summer under the tutelage of their mentors, student teams work to achieve the milestones they have set for themselves.  At closure of the summer program, the students participate in Demo Day, at which they share their plans with investors, inventors, experts and others from the entrepreneurial community.

Student teams participating in the eLab Summer Accelerator Program are provided:

  • Workspace in the eLab for the duration of the summer program
  • Assignment of experienced mentors in their field
  • A series of targeted workshops open exclusively to eLab participants
  • Networking opportunities with entrepreneurs, legal and accounting services, investors
  • Seed funding for each team
  • Summer housing


The Keller Center extends its sincere thanks to the following donors whose generosity has made the first years of the eLab possible:

  • Howard Cox ’64
  • Jamie Gerber ’82
  • Mark Jung ’82
  • Peter Kellner ’91
  • George Lichtblau ’60
  • Jon Perel ’71
  • Ramsey Smith ’90 & Sabrina Smith ’91
  • Alexander Klabin ’98 and Douglas Silverman ’00
  • Anonymous Donor
  • Bob Hariri