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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.

2021-2022 ZinnStarter Teams

2020-2021 ZinnStarter Teams

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 2022-2023 cohort)

Applications Open: October 1, 2022

Information Session: October 27, 2022

Interviews Begin: November 9, 2022

Application Deadline: December 1, 2022

ZinnStarter Fellows Announced: January 31, 2023

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.