Seed Funding

With resources available from the UVU Wolverine Fund, the Ross Seed Fund, the Zinn Starter Fund, and the UVU Entrepreneurship Institute, UVU has the resources and tools to help start or fund your new business!

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ZinnStarter exists to ignite the next generation of entrepreneurs. This includes giving themencouragement and mentoring as well as cash.

ZinnStarter’s mission is to:

  • Inculcate the next generation of entrepreneurs to create enduring businesses
  • Provide seed money for promising business plans
  • Provide students with Ray Zinn’s leadership, management and entrepreneurship knowledge

Funding amounts: $1000

ZinnStarter is one arm of Ray Zinn’s goal of exporting the positive aspects of Silicon Valley culture to the rest of America. By reaching students in university entrepreneurship programs, Zinn intends to impart his experience, encouragement, mentoring and perspective, as well as putting seed money into the pockets of the next Google, Apple, Ford, Walmart or AT&T.



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The Ross Fund

The Ross Fund was established by Brett and Robert Ross and additional funding was provided by Charlie and Lindsey Estes.

Seed-stage financing is available to UVU students starting a business who need funds for early development of a new product or service.

Funding amounts: $500-$1500


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UVU Wolverine Fund

As a venture capital group sponsored by the UVU Foundation, the UVU Wolverine Fund offers limited equity financing to young, high-growth companies. To learn more or apply, please visit

“First you come up with a good idea. Then you think about different variations on that idea. Come up with a simple prototype. Then, talk to customers and experts about your idea and seek validation. Repeat until you know you have a winner. Build a minimal viable product, beta test and launch. Scale the company to grow and expand. Seek funding, workout the legal details, and find joy on the road to success.” 

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