Fall 2022: Application

You do not need venture capital, investing, finance, or startup experience. We will teach you about early-stage investing. You must have completed all the sophomore-required BBA courses prior to applying for the fund, and be enrolled as a full-time BBA student. The fund meets as a class on Wednesdays, from 5:30pm - 7:30 pm and is a for-credit course; it is not a student club. Attendance is mandatory.

What do we look for? 

We are looking for BBA juniors who:

  • Will have a high level of commitment to the Zell Early Stage Fund
  • Have demonstrated high academic achievement at the University of Michigan
  • Are inclusive, tolerant, active, and reliable team members
  • Are mature and composed in their judgement and conduct while interacting with real-world investors and entrepreneurs
  • Have strong analytical (quantitative or qualitative) and communications skills

DISCLAIMER: Students cannot apply to both SVF and ZESF


The Fund is currently looking for BBA Juniors to join the team. We encourage BBA juniors from all backgrounds to consider applying to ZESF. As the fund is a 2-year commitment, it is not open to students who study abroad and will miss half of the education material. Please see important dates for Fall 2022 recruiting below. 

  • Information Session: Monday, September 26th, 6 pm - 8 pm | R2230
  • Office Hours:
    • Tuesday, September 27th: 10 am - 1 pm |  Winter Garden
    • Wednesday, September 28th: 1 pm - 4 pm |  Winter Garden
    • Thursday, September 29th: 3 pm - 6 pm |  Winter Garden
  • Application deadline: Friday, September 30th, 11:59pm 
  • Interviews (by invitation)

Please find the link to our application.

Please note that you DO NOT NEED any finance, VC, or startup experience to apply! 

If you have any questions please reach out to zesfcontact@umich.edu.