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

 
Feb3

We invite you to attend our second annual ZLI Startup & VC Career fair, in cooperation with the Ross Career Development Office and Ross Tech Club. Meet with startups and vc firms to pursue opportunities in entrepreneurship or venture capital. Companies are seeking both interns and full-time employees.

Feb6

Join Michigan Open UX, a student organization that focuses on teaching and doing user experience work, for an introduction to the capabilities of Figma for designing digital products. Figma is a drag-and-drop tool user experience professionals the world over use to prototype any software you can think of.