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.
- Only current SJSU students may apply for ZinnStarter.
- No limit on team sizes.
- Teams must consist of multidisciplinary backgrounds.
- Projects in any stage will be accepted EXCEPT those who have received external funding over $10,000. ZinnStarter is meant to help people get their idea off the ground.
(Dates below are for the 2021-2022 cohort)
Applications Open • August 23, 2021
Info-Session • September 30, 2021
Interviews Begin • November 9, 2021
Application Deadline • December 1, 2021
ZinnStarter Fellows Announced • January 31, 2022
If you have any other questions related to this program, email Varenya Dingari, at firstname.lastname@example.org and include "ZinnStarter" in the subject line.