It's an exciting time! Princeton and its alumni have caught the start-up bug and as a result, there are a lot of offerings out there. But what is the difference between them all?
PAA: Princeton Alumni Angels
That's us! PAA is a group of Princeton alumni and friends who are interested in investing their time, expertise and capital in exciting Princeton-led startups. On May 10, we will host our first pitch night when Princeton-led startups pitch their business for angel funding. PAA provides mentorship, access to experienced entrepreneurs, relationships with potential investors and a supportive community with a shared Princeton bond. If you are selected by PAA as a qualified startup, you will obtain access to the PAA community and have the opportunity to pitch PAA angels for a seed investment. As an added bonus, if you receive an investment of more than $50,000 from PAA, you may then be eligible to apply for matching funds from Princeton’s Alumni Entrepreneurs Fund.
Princeton Entrepreneurship Council (PEC) was established in July 2015 by President Eisgruber and Provost Lee, as the advisory and coordination body on entrepreneurship programs at Princeton University. PEC works closely with existing campus organizations to enable Entrepreneurship the Princeton Way. Learn more here.
Supported by the generosity of entrepreneurial Princeton alumni, the Alumni Entrepreneurs Fund (AEF) provides recent alumni startups up to $100,000 in matching funds, mentorship, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities throughout the year. Alumni who receive AEF support serve as mentors to students, helping to advance the University’s educational mission and cultivate its entrepreneurial ecosystem.
PEN is a network by alumni entrepreneurs for alumni entrepreneurs. Their organization is 100% volunteer based. PEN hosts a Startup Competition, held on-campus during early-Summer reunions. Check out their upcoming events here.
Princeton Club of Northern California Entrepreneurship Series is a way for alumni to connect once every two months over topics in Entrepreneurship. The meetings have included talks by founders, venture capitalists, marketing and legal experts speakers as well as product showcases, and panels on a variety of topics. Look for upcoming events on the PCNC calendar here.
Princeton Entrepreneurship Club
Founded in 1999, the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club (E-Club) is an entirely student-run organization which aims to foster student entrepreneurship at Princeton. They are one of the biggest groups on campus, encompassing 15 teams with campus-wide impact and beyond. They aim to be a catalyst for entrepreneurial activity among students of all backgrounds, bringing students from a broad range of fields together to solve meaningful problems entrepreneurially. Check out their website here.