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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.

Previous year ZinnStarter Teams

Program Eligibility

  • 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.

Important Deadlines

(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

Got questions?

If you have any other questions related to this program, email Varenya Dingari, at varenyaveda.dingari@sjsu.edu and include "ZinnStarter" in the subject line.