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

 
Sep28

Product Management is a fast-paced, growing field that offers fulfilling and dynamic careers. Learn how to stand out in your interview for a PM role and how to gain critical experience in the field. This interactive session is led by ZLI Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Ross Lecturer, Rashmi Menon.

Oct3

Pricing is one of the most consequential decisions that a new venture needs to make. This session will familiarize you with various approaches to setting prices and discuss some important strategic considerations associated with the pricing decision. Facilitated by S.