Fall 2023: 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

Recruiting Timeline

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 2023 recruiting below.

Information Session

Friday, September 29th
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm | R2210

Meet ZESF Booth in Winter Garden

Mon – Tue, September 25 – 26th

11 am – 1 pm | Winter Garden

Wed – Thur, September 27 – 28th

1 pm – 3 pm | Winter Garden

Coffee Chats

Sun – Mon, October 1 – 2nd

12 pm – 2 pm | Signups Only

Application Office Hours

Tuesday, October 3rd

12 pm – 2 pm | Virtual

Wednesday, October 4th

10 am – 12 pm | Virtual

Application Deadline

Wednesday, October 4th

11:59 pm


(by invitation)

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

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