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

 
Jan19

Ready to make your dream a reality? Join us to learn about Zell Lurie Institute's Dare to Dream grant program for student entrepreneurs. This program supports U-M Ann Arbor students through three phases of the business creation process by providing startup workshops, mentoring, and funding of $300 to $5,000 (based on the phase of the program).

Jan22

Discover the 3rd Annual Women Who Launch Symposium – virtually – on Friday, January 22nd, 2021. The theme this year will focus on Thriving in Uncertainty.