UVU Students to Manage Venture Capital

As part of Utah Valley University’s mission of engaged learning, UVU launched the Wolverine Fund January 15, 2018. It will provide students with hands-on activities that will enhance their education and prepare them for the job market. A campus event honored the initial donors to the fund. The event also launched the Ross Seed Fund and the ZinnStarter Fund at UVU. 

What is the Wolverine Fund?

The Wolverine Fund is a student-run venture capital group. It provides real-life experience in investing. Students will take part in the due diligence, research, and investment of the fund for up to two years. They will gain exposure to start-up companies, venture firms, and potential internships. The fund will provide access to mentors and unique networking and entrepreneurship opportunities. Students will also be able to compete in local and national competitions. 

Jive Communications was the first donor to step forward in support of the Wolverine Fund. The company provides cloud-based phone systems and unified communications services.

Mike Sharp, chief product officer at Jive, said, “Jive is committed to being an active participant in the communities where we live, work, and play. Through the years we’ve really enjoyed our partnership with UVU. We’re excited to extend that partnership with a Jive Foundation grant to kick off the UVU Wolverine Fund, continuing our support of the good work UVU is doing to train the next generation of business leaders.” 

Ross Seed Fund and ZinnStarter Fund Provide More Opportunities 

The Ross Seed Fund provides seed-stage grants to UVU students. These grants are for early development of new products or services. The ZinnStarter Fund provides early-stage, one-time grants for students to begin their businesses. This helps students take their ideas to the next level.

Wolverine Fund Website