Zell Founders Fund

Zell Entrepreneur Program University of Michigan Ross Zell Lurie InstituteThe Zell Founders Fund is a $10M seed fund, managed by Stewart Thornhill, Executive Director of the Zell Lurie Institute, and an investment review advisory committee comprised of four Michigan Ross students, one student from each of the four remaining ZLI funds. The committee evaluates and invests in extraordinary student entrepreneurs whose business venture needs a helping hand to move from idea to profitability. 
 

The Fund is designed for all University of Michigan students, graduating or in their final year of their undergraduate or graduate program, who are seeking funding to support a startup they wish to continue after graduation. The investment amount will depend on the need and stage of the business. 

Students who are interested can submit a two-page summary of their business to the Zell Lurie Institute: founders.fund@umich.edu. Applications are open and on a rolling basis.  Students can apply to the fund up to 12 months after graduation from the University of Michigan.

Upcoming Events

Current Events

 
Mar17

This session is designed to give you the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about product management.  There are no pre-made slides or lecture notes for this session, so please come prepared with questions to ask. These questions could focus on product management as a career -- e.g., what do product managers do, how do I prep for a prod

Mar18

The purpose of this session is to give you the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about crowdfunding for your startup. These questions could focus on how to determine if crowdfunding is the best option for you, what do you do after your campaign has been funded, successful marketing strategies, or any other questions you may have.