Information Session: 2019 eLab Summer Accelerator Program


Location: 34 Chambers Street, 115

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Students, are you working on a startup venture out of your dorm room and need some guidance on how to get it off the ground? Come to this info session to learn more about the eLab Summer Accelerator Program! All currently enrolled Princeton undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. The session will run from 5 - 6pm and dinner will be served. 

Audience: undergraduate and graduate students


About the eLab Summer Accelerator

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 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.

Program Benefits

  • Workspace in the eLab (at 34 Chambers Street) for the duration of the summer program
  • Experienced mentors and advisors
  • Keller Center entrepreneurship faculty advisors paired with each team
  • 4-day boot camp led by Professor Ed Zschau, plus a series of targeted workshops and lectures 
  • Networking opportunities with entrepreneurs, legal and accounting services, investors
  • Seed funding for each team
  • Summer housing on campus for the duration of the program

Requirements & Additional Information

  • Open exclusively to currently enrolled Princeton University undergraduate and graduate 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. 
  • 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.

Key Dates

  • October 17, 2018 - Application for 2019 eLab Accelerator Opens
  • November 14, 2018, 5-6PM - eLab Info Session at the eHub
  • December 4-6, 2019, TBD - Office Hours with eLab Program Manager
  • December 10, 2018 5-6PM - eLab Info Session at the eHub
  • December 14, 2018, 11:59PM - Application Deadline for 2019 Accelerator
  • December 17, 2018 - Selection committee begins application review 
  • Early January 2019 - Teams contacted for interviews
  • January 9-11, 2019 - Interviews
  • January 14-16, 2019 - Offers extended 
  • January 21-23, 2019 - Team acceptance deadline

Contact Stephanie Landers, Keller Center's Program Manager, at