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.

The BSA is based at the Dyer Center for Innovation + Entrepreneurship in the newly built Rockwell Center for Integrated Sciences building.  Over a period of ten weeks (mid-June to mid-August), student teams will work on their startup ideas.  The teams will attend meetings, workshops, and receive valuable mentorship and advising through a network of Dyer Center staff, Lafayette faculty, and seasoned entrepreneurs and technology experts, all with the goal of learning how to develop their startup ideas into viable, scalable ventures.

Prior to the inception of the program, teams selected for the BSA will meet to discuss their key project milestones and deliverables.  Then they will formalize a plan of action for the summer. Under the tutelage of their mentors and advisors, student teams work to achieve their milestones.  At the end of the summer program, the students will participate in a demo day, where they share their plans with investors, inventors, experts and others from the entrepreneurial community.

Accelerator Program Benefits

  • 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