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Application for the 2020-2021 ZinnStarter Program is closed. Information on the 2021-2022 ZinnStarter Program will be announced in Fall 2021.


Every year, we will select 5 to 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.

Current 2020 - 2021 ZinnStarter Teams 



  • 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.


Applications Open • August 1, 2020 

Interviews Begin • November 5, 2020

Application Deadline • December 1, 2020 (passed)

ZinnStarter Fellows Announced • January 30, 2021