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About The Zinnstarter Program

This year, we will select around 10 student-led startups to distribute $20,000 donated by Ray Zinn, former CEO of Micrel. The ZinnStarter Fellows are selected after a series of applications, interviews, and a trial period.

After becoming a ZinnStarter Fellow, each team is provided with funding (amount determined after teams are assessed), a dedicated mentor, and will be required to attend bi-weekly accelerator meetings. To receive funding, every ZinnStarter Fellow MUST participate in our bi-weekly accelerator meetings.

Students selected for the program are strongly encouraged to enter future business plan competitions to take their startup projects to the next level.

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Program Eligibility


  • At least one current SJSU student per team.
  • Projects in any stage will be considered.

Not Eligible:

  • Students who have received external funding over $100,000.

Note: Exceptional cases may be considered.

Important Deadlines

(Dates below are for the 2023-2024 cohort)

Applications Open: November 1, 2023

Information Session: December 1, 2023

Interviews Begin: December 1, 2023

Application Deadline: December 31, 2023

ZinnStarter Fellows Announced: February 1, 2024

Got Questions?

If you have questions, please contact Ricky Chan (SJSU ZinnStarter Program Manager) at koon-ming.chan@sjsu.edu and include "ZinnStarter" in the subject line.

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