Princeton researchers have no shortage of ideas about how to make the world a better place. At the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, these researchers — faculty members, postdoctoral associates, graduate students and undergraduates — learn how to develop their ideas and address societal challenges through entrepreneurship.
Each year, selected companies participate in a 10-week summer accelerator program at the Entrepreneurial Hub at 34 Chambers St. in downtown Princeton. These companies — composed of graduate and undergraduate students — develop business plans, explore potential markets for their products, and work toward achieving company milestones with guidance from a network of faculty, staff, seasoned entrepreneurs and technology experts.
2018 summer eLab program companies:
- Alira Infrared Biosensing: A mid-infrared laser sensor for chemical testing
- Afari: A blockchain-based messaging system
- HomeWorks Trenton: A boarding school program for underserved girls
- Ketnu: A superfood energy bar with cricket protein
- Lumhaa: A mobile app using photos, videos, audio and text to create event narratives
- TerraVuze: A virtual-reality outdoor marketing company
- Tendo Technologies: A microscale device to measure flow rate and pressure
Each spring, the Keller Center’s Innovation Forum offers teams of faculty, research staff and students the opportunity to compete for funding from angel investors. The top three teams, as selected by the panel, split $30,000 in funding to further develop their ideas.
The Tiger Challenge
Working in small teams, Tiger Challenge participants use a design-thinking approach to work with partner communities to develop lasting innovations and the capacity to address societal issues. Since its inception in 2016, Tiger Challenge’s 135 participants have tackled 26 projects, 15 in the community and 11 on campus.
Workshops, Lectures and Office Hours
The center hosts educational events throughout the year on a range of topics.
Princeton Startup Immersion Program
This 10-week summer internship gives students the opportunity to work in a startup community in New York City or Tel Aviv.
To find more information on Keller Center programs, visit kellercenter.princeton.edu.
“The Keller Center sees its role as providing the education that Princeton students, faculty and staff can use to transform their classroom and research innovations into entrepreneurial ventures. Spanning everything from one-day workshops and competitions up to much longer-term experiences, the center offers entrepreneurship education opportunities for the whole campus community.”
-Margaret Martonosi, Director, Keller Center, Hugh Trumbull Adams ’35 Professor of Computer Science
To engage with Princeton entrepreneurship education, contact Margaret Martonosi at email@example.com or 609-258-1912.