The Zell Lab for Technologies (ZLT) at the Zell Lurie Institute is the design and build studio for student entrepreneurs. ZLT connects UX design interns to student and alumni startups to design, build, and test technology products through highly personalized coaching and mentorship.
The goal of the program is for student founders to get early market feedback on their products by building prototypes of websites, mobile applications, and software which can be used for user testing, beta programs, and more. Zell Lab for Technologies offers founders and interns the opportunity to learn best practices about how to manage a design process and work with a development team. Founders and interns work closely with ZLI entrepreneur-in-residence Rashmi Menon.
ZLT runs part-time through fall and winter semesters and full-time over the spring/summer semesters.
Fall 2021: Applications will open in mid-July 2021 and the fall cohort will begin in mid-September
Winter 2022: Applications closed
Spring/Summer 2022: Applications for companies will open in March 2022
For questions please contact Michelle Wander, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Determine if your new venture is a good fit for Zell Lab for Technologies. We are looking for University of Michigan student and alumni startups that meet the following criteria:
Design Intern Requirements
We are looking for current University of Michigan students with a strong desire to iterate and continuously improve. Students interested in applying for the design internship must meet the following criteria:
“Our product was originally a conceptual, low end mock-up, and it is now a fully functioning prototype that we are proud to showcase. ZLT was the best experience that I have had at Ross, and it enabled me to do exactly what I came here for, which is to build a business.” - ZLT alumni founder
“ZLT helped us streamline our product development by organizing our workflow–using task management tools like JIRA–integrating our UX workflow with the programming workflow, and putting our product development in the context of larger organizational goals. Rashmi was an incredible mentor and I learned a lot of useful skills that I will put to use–user testing, project management, marketing video development, developing marketing strategies, developing marketing phrases–even after the program ends." - ZLT alumni founder