The Bergh Startup Accelerator (BSA) Program at Lafayette College is a 10-week program that provides students with the tools and resources they need to develop and launch their startup ventures.

Deadline  – April 30, 2024

The Bergh Startup Accelerator [BSA] Program is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurial spirit, driving innovation, and cultivating the next generation of leaders. Through mentorship, education, and hands-on experience, we aim to accelerate the growth of aspiring entrepreneurs, equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and network needed to transform their ideas into successful ventures. At the heart of our mission is the commitment to nurturing creativity, promoting sustainable business practices, and shaping a community where passion meets purpose. 

Students participating in the Bergh Startup Accelerator will have the opportunity to work full-time on their venture during an intensive 10-week on-campus accelerator program. Students will attend bi-weekly workshops and meet with external mentors, alumni, Lafayette faculty, and  Dyer Center staff to achieve important milestones. Students will participate in a demo day at the accelerator program’s end.

Program Outline, Rules, and Goals

Accelerator Program Benefits

  • Student Stipend for participation and seed funding -$5,000 per student and $1,000 per team
  • Workspace in the Dyer Center for the duration of the summer program
  • Assignment of experienced mentors in their field, plus one faculty advisor per team
  • A series of targeted workshops and lectures open exclusively to BSA participants
  • Networking opportunities with entrepreneurs, legal and accounting services and investors