eLab Summer Accelerator Program at Princeton University

eLab CollageThe 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 application opens in October of each year. The eLab is based in the Princeton Entrepreneurial Hub, where, over a period of ten weeks each summer, student teams work intensively on their startup ideas and follow a specialized entrepreneurship curriculum presented to them during a 3-day intensive 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.

2018 eLab Cohort

eLab Fall/Spring Incubator

Students participating in the eLab Summer Accelerator are also highly encouraged to continue working in the eLab Fall/Spring Incubator in the Princeton Entrepreneurial Hub throughout the academic year. In the Incubator, they will continue to receive support and guidance from mentors and advisors as well as collaborate with fellow student entrepreneurs. More information about the Incubator can be found here.

Contact: Stephanie Landers, eLab Program Manager email: slanders@princeton.edu; phone: 609-258-3979

Program Benefits

  • Workspace in the Princeton Entrepreneurial Hub 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 $25,000 (5K per team member, maximum of 5)

  • Summer housing on campus for the duration of the program

Requirements & Additional Information

  • Open only to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate Princeton University students

  • Graduating seniors are welcome to apply

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

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

  • All team members must be included on the application. No late additions without prior written permission from Program Manager 

  • All team members are expected to live in campus housing with the rest of the cohort, with the exception of graduate students who have existing campus living arrangements.

  • 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 are 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. No storage is available at the Hub.

Important Dates​

  • December 6, 2017, 5:30-6:30PM - Open House Info Session

  • December 15, 2017, 11:59PM - Application Deadline

  • December 18, 2017 - Selection committee begins application review 

  • Early January 2018 - Teams contacted for interviews

  • January 10-12, 2018 - First Round Interviews

  • January 17-19, 2018 - First Round Offers 

  • January 24-31, 2018 - First Round Acceptance Deadline

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

  • June 11, 2018 - eLab 2018 Kick-Off 

  • August 14-15, 2018 - eLab Demo Days in Princeton and NYC


Summer Internships with eLab

The Keller Center is looking for a few exceptional students to help manage the eLab Summer Accelerator Program in Summer 2018! 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!

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