It started as a class project to provide electricity to survivors of the 2010 earthquakes in Haiti. Today, Princeton students Angelo Campus and Aaron Schwartz are taking the concept of “power in a box” to anyone who lives in remote areas poorly served by the electrical grid.
Princeton offers a variety of student entrepreneurship opportunities, from formal courses to internships and clubs.
One opportunity is the eLab Summer Accelerator Program administered by the Keller Center in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. This 10-week program gives select teams of students, both undergraduate and graduate, the chance to develop business or technology concepts with intensive mentorship from successful entrepreneurs and angel investors.
When Tsvetelina (Lina) Churalska and Sarah Nagy teamed up with two other Princeton students to build an energy drink business, they quickly realized that the process was going to be more difficult than they had anticipated. “Our market research showed that people wanted something a little different than an energy drink — healthy but more refreshing,” said Churalska, a graduate student at the School of Architecture who worked with Nagy, a graduate student in the Bendheim Center for Finance.