Programs & Funds

Zell Founders Fund

The 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. 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 students graduating/in their final year of the BBA or MBA 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 Michele Thomas: Applications are open and on a rolling basis.  Students can apply to the fund up to 12 months after graduation from the Ross School of Business.