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
  • Co-working space in the Princeton Entrepreneurial Hub for the duration of the program
  • 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
  • Summer housing on campus for the duration of the program


  • 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 to apply
  • Recommended team size: minimum of 3 and maximum of 5

Key Dates

  • October 16, 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 8 - 10, 2020: Interviews at the Princeton Entrepreneurial Hub, Room 115
  • January 13, 2020: Offers extended
  • January 20, 2020: Team acceptance deadline
  • March 11, 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 application for Summer 2020 will be available here by October 16, 2019.

Be notified when the 2020 application period opens