eLab Summer Accelerator

The eLab Summer Accelerator is an intensive program providing the tools and resources students need to develop their own startup. For nine weeks from early-June to early-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 three-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

Benefits

  • 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

Eligibility

  • 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 - graduating international students must discuss work authorization requirements with the Davis IC
  • 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 three and maximum of five Princeton student team members
  • I-9 not required

Key Dates

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, New Venture or Returnee Venture.

The 2024 team application is closed; be notified when the 2025 application opens.


Two positions for eLab Program Associate are now open; deadline to apply is March 1, 2024

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Questions?

Email Stephanie Landers or email Manda Ryan.

2023 Summer Accelerator Teams

Contacts

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Entrepreneurial Program Manager
Manda Ryan
Program Coordinator, eLab and Tiger Challenge
Ben Lehnert
Entrepreneurship & Design Fellow; Chief Design Officer at Stark