eLab Summer Accelerator Program at Princeton University

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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 11:59PM ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018

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The Keller Center’s eLab Summer Accelerator Program at Princeton University is an intensive 10-week program that provides students with the tools and resources they need to develop and launch their own startup ventures. The eLab is based in the Princeton Entrepreneurial Hub. Over a period of ten weeks (mid-June to mid-August), student teams work intensively on their startup ideas and follow a specialized entrepreneurship curriculum presented to them during a 3-day boot camp. The teams also attend meetings and workshops, and receive valuable mentorship and advising through a network of  Keller Center faculty, staff, seasoned entrepreneurs and technology experts, all with the goal of learning how to develop 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 and faculty advisors, 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.

Information about the eLab Incubator Program (academic year) can be found here.

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Accelerator Program Benefits

  • Workspace in the Princeton Entrepreneurial Hub for the duration of the summer program

  • Assignment of experienced mentors in their field, plus one faculty advisor per team

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

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

  • 5K stipend for each team member (paid in two equal installments in June and July)

  • Additional seed funding (with no equity taken) per team (amount TBD)

  • Summer housing on campus for the duration of the program

Requirements & Additional Information

  • Open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate Princeton University students (graduating seniors are welcome!) 

  • All majors/disciplines welcome and encouraged

  • Both for-profit and not-for-profit ventures are encouraged to apply

  • Suggested team size: minimum of three (3) and a maximum of five (5) 

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

  • Housing and storage is not available between the last day of classes and the start of the program on June 10. 

  • Storage of personal items in the interim may be available through the Princeton Moving & Storage student agency. No storage is available at the Hub.

Important Dates​ for eLab Summer 2019

  • October 17, 2018 - Application for 2019 eLab Accelerator Opens

  • November 14, 2018, 5-6PM - eLab Info Session at the eHub

  • December 4-6, 2018 - Office Hours with eLab Program Manager

  • December 10, 2018 5-6PM - eLab Info Session at the eHub

  • December 16, 2018, 11:59PM - Application Deadline for 2019 Accelerator  NEW DEADLINE!!!

  • December 17, 2018 - Selection committee begins application review 

  • Dec/Jan - Selected teams contacted for interviews

  • January 9-11, 2019 - Interviews at the Entrepreneurial Hub Room 115

  • January 14, 2019 - Offers extended 

  • January 21, 2019 - Team acceptance deadline

  • April 1, 2018 - All team members must be identified​ 

  • June 10, 2019 - eLab 2018 Kick-Off 

  • August 13-14, 2019 - eLab Demo Days in Princeton and NYC

​Questions? Contact Stephanie Landers, eLab Program Manager, at slanders@princeton.edu.


eLab Summer Associates: Summer Internships with eLab

The Keller Center is looking for a few exceptional students to help manage the eLab Summer Accelerator Program in Summer 2019! 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.

For more information, email Stephanie Landers, slanders@princeton.edu.

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Acknowledgements

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