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. 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, follow a specialized entrepreneurship curriculum, 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.  At closure of the summer program, the students participate in Demo Day, where they share their plans with investors, inventors, experts and others from the entrepreneurial community. Students participating in the Summer Accelerator are also highly encouraged to continue working in the Incubator throughout the academic year, where they will continue to receive support and guidance from mentors and advisors. More information about the Incubator can be found here.


To find out what questions are asked on the application, click here

To meet past eLab startups and find out what you need to apply for Summer 2017, come to an eLab Information Session (with dinner) at the Hub. The next session will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 5:30pm at the Hub, with Prof. Chris Kuenne. Prof. Kuenne will discuss how to write a compelling application for eLab! RSVP 

Program Benefits

  • Workspace in the eLab (at 34 Chambers Street) for the duration of the summer program

  • Assignment of experienced mentors in their field

  • A series of targeted workshops and lectures open exclusively to eLab participants

  • Networking opportunities with entrepreneurs, legal and accounting services, investors

  • Seed funding for each team, up to $24,000 (4K per team member, maximum of 6)

  • Summer housing on campus for the duration of the program

Requirements & Additional Information

  • eLab teams must consist of a minimum of at least one (1) currently enrolled Princeton University undergraduate or graduate student

  • Both for-profit and not-for-profit ventures are eligible

  • Founders/co-founders must be current Princeton students

  • Graduating seniors are welcome to apply 

  • Suggested team size is a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6)

  • Should your team be selected for the accelerator program, all team members must be identified no later than May 1, 2017. Any teammates joining after the interview period must be promptly identified so they can be interviewed and vetted by eLab selection committee. 

  • No additional team members may be added after May 1 - no exceptions

  • Graduate students with existing campus living arrangements during the summer will not be provided with housing through the program

  • Graduate students must provide written approval of their faculty advisor prior to committing to the program.

  • Housing is not available between the last day of classes and the start of the program on June 11. Teams shall be responsible for making their own interim housing arrangements; we are unfortunately unable to assist with interim housing

  • Storage of personal items in the interim may be available through the Princeton Moving & Storage student agency

Important Dates

  • November 15, 2016, 5:30-7PM - Open House Info Session

  • December 1, 2016, 3:00PM  - eLab 2017 Application Opens

  • December 12, 2016, 5:30-7PM​ - Open House Info Session

  • February 22, 2017, 5:30-7PM​ - Open House Info Session

  • March 5, 2017, 11:59PM - Application Deadline

  • March 6, 2017 - Selection committee begins application 

  • March 13-24, 2017 - Teams to be contacted for interviews

  • March 27, 2017 (week of) - Interviews to be held during this week 

  • April 7, 2017 - Offers go out to accepted teams

  • April 14, 2017 - Deadline for accepted teams to commit/accept offer

  • May 1, 2017 - All team members must be identified​

  • June 12, 2017 - eLab 2017 Kick-Off

  • August 15, 2017 - eLab Demo Day Princeton

  • August 16, 2017 - eLab Demo Day NYC (AppNexus)

  • August 19, 2017 - eLab 2017 Wrap-Up

Summer Internships with eLab

The Keller Center is looking for a few exceptional students to help manage the eLab Summer Accelerator Program in Summer 2017! The students will work as a team to assist the Keller Center staff with all aspects of the summer accelerator program. The associates will be involved with the day-to-day organization and operations of the eLab, have direct contact with eLab teams, mentors, advisors, Keller Center staff and faculty, and coordinate events, social gatherings, weekend activities, trips, game nights, etc. Candidates should have a strong interest in entrepreneurship, possess great writing and communication skills, have experience with coordinating events and meetings, be a team player, and have a proactive, can-do attitude. The ability to multitask and successfully plan/execute projects with minimal supervision is essential. This is a fabulous internship opportunity for students who are interested in entrepreneurship and startups but aren't quite ready to launch their own idea. Students will be exposed to all aspects of startup business activities as well as take part in a variety of workshops, social events, and meetings over the course of the 10-week program. Learn more about this summer internship opportunity and apply!


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
  • Dr. Robert Hariri