eLab Summer Accelerator

The eLab Summer Accelerator is an intensive program providing the tools and resources students need to develop and launch their own startup. For 10 weeks from mid-June to mid-August, teams work on their ventures. This includes:

  • Meeting with a faculty member to discuss project milestones, deliverables and to create a formal plan of action
  • Following a specialized entrepreneurship curriculum presented during a 3-day boot camp
  • Attending weekly meetings and workshops
  • Receiving mentorship and advising from Keller Center faculty, staff, entrepreneurs and technology experts
  • Presenting to investors, inventors, experts, and others from the entrepreneurial community at our Demo Day event


  • Participants will learn how to develop their startup ideas into viable, scalable ventures
  • Assignment of experienced mentors in their field, plus one faculty advisor per team
  • Targeted workshops and lectures open only to eLab participants
  • Networking opportunities with entrepreneurs, legal and accounting services, and investors
  • $5000 stipend for each team member
  • Business expense account for each team
  • Housing on campus
  • Co-working space in the Princeton Entrepreneurial Hub


  • Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate Princeton University students at the time of application (applies to returnee team as well as new teams)
  • Graduating seniors are welcome
  • Graduate students must provide written approval from their faculty advisor prior to committing to the program
  • All majors are welcomed and encouraged
  • Both for-profit and not-for-profit ventures are encouraged 
  • Startup team size: minimum of 3 and maximum of 5

Key Dates

  • October 29, 2021: Internship, Fellowship & Funding Expo (1-3 pm)
  • November 8, 2021: Application period opens
  • November 18, 2021: eLab Info Session (4:30-5:30 pm)
  • December 9, 2021: eLab Info Session (4:30-5:30 pm)
  • January 21, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST: Application deadline
  • January 24, 2022: Selection committee begins application review
  • February 2, 2022: Selected teams contacted for interviews
  • February 7 - 9, 2022: Team interviews
  • by February 14, 2022: Offers extended
  • One week from date of offer: Team acceptance deadline
  • March 15, 2022: All team members must be identified
  • June 1, 2022: Summer Program Kickoff Barbecue
  • August 2 and August 4, 2022: Demo Day presentations

How to Apply

The eLab Accelerator cohort is no larger than eight teams; one of those spots is prioritized for a returnee venture.  As expectations for returnee teams are different than for new teams, a different application is required.  Please choose the appropriate application, Returnee Venture or New Venture.

Be notified when applications for 2023 open.


Contact Stephanie Landers at slanders@princeton.edu or Manda Ryan at mandar@princeton.edu


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Entrepreneurial Program Manager
Manda Ryan
Program Coordinator, eLab and PSIP