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 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 events in Princeton and New York City


  • 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


  • Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate Princeton University students at the time of application
  • 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

  • November 1, 2019: Application period opens
  • December 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm: Application deadline
  • December 16, 2019: Selection committee begins application review
  • December to January: Selected teams contacted for interviews
  • January 6 - 8, 2020: Interviews at the Princeton Entrepreneurial Hub, Room 115
  • January 10, 2020: Offers extended
  • January 17, 2020: Team acceptance deadline
  • March 1, 2020: All team members must be identified
  • June 8, 2020: eLab Kick-Off
  • August 11 - 12, 2020: Demo Days in Princeton and New York City

How to Apply

The team and associate application periods for Summer 2020 are now closed. The team application for 2021 will be available here in October 2020. Be notified when the application period opens.

2020 Summer Accelerator Teams


Stephanie Landers
Entrepreneurial Program Manager
Manda Ryan
Program Coordinator, eLab and PSIP