ZinnStarter

ZinnStarter at Carroll College

Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO Ray Zinn, has launched the national ZinnStarter program at Carroll College, providing the financial and mentoring support for students to launch new products and companies. The program is designed to allow students to create go-to-market plans, finish prototypes, and ultimately to be evaluated on the performance of their use of funding.

Carroll College is now an eligible institution to receive start up funding from ZinnStarter for qualified entrepreneurial ideas.

ZinnStarter’s mission is:

  • To inculcate the next generation of entrepreneurs to create enduring businesses
  • To provide seed money for promising business plans
  • To provide students with the leadership, management and entrepreneurship knowledge of Ray Zinn

ZinnStarter Business Pitch Event

The process begins with the ZinnStarter Business Pitch competition - (2 per semester - dates TBD). Business Pitch presentations will be made each semester, giving students the opportunity to qualify for up to $1000 in ZinnStarter funding.

Students in all majors interested in developing a business plan, consulting with successful entrepreneurs, learning how to avoid start-up pitfalls and debt, and expanding leadership skills, can present their business idea in three minutes or less to the ZinnStarter student board of directors.

ZinnStarter Award Recipients from 2018-2019 academic year:
  • Kyle Jones - Pond Doctor
  • Diego Carbone - Life Board
  • Rowan VanBrandt - Rocky Mountain K9

"These remarkable entrepreneurial programs have a valuable and consistent discipline of innovation and entrepreneurship that matches the vision, values and culture of my leadership and experience, detailed in my 'Tough Things First' book, podcast and leadership platform. I’m thrilled with the opportunity to work with directly with the students and facility in a direct capacity to plan and facilitate the creation of a new company." - Ray Zinn

2019-20 Winners

The following have been awarded money from ZinnStarter for the 2019-20 academic year.

Flip the Spirit

Flip the Spirit aims to magnify the spirit in spirit wear with a new fun product while being affordable for college students! Find out more

She Action Sports Association

The She Action Sports Association's mission is to empower women while increasing their enjoyment and confidence in action sports. Find out more

Flip the Spirit

Flip the Spirit card

Business Description: Flip the Spirit aims to magnify the spirit in spirit wear with a new fun product while being affordable for college students! Our unique product is a flip sequin shirt. It has been amazing watching the company grow and receive such positive feedback and we hope to continue to grow and provide our product to students and community members at any school.

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FtS Team (L-R): Krysten Abboud, Anna Noteboom, Danielle Scanes, and Dani Dorta

She Action Sports Association (SheASA)

Tessa Holshue is the executive director and co-founder of She Action Sports Association (SheASA), a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower women while increasing their enjoyment and confidence in action sports. In her role, she works to increase access and participation by females in action sports programs through research, education, training and cultivating a supportive community. She strives to eliminate social stigmas, and highlight positive role models for women athletes.

Tessa is a four time silver medalist in Slopestyle and Rail Jam competitions including the 2017 USSA Junior National Championships, and the 2016 and 2017 USASA National Championships. She is a 2017 graduate of Windells Academy where she traveled across the United States and in New Zealand training and competing. Tessa is now a junior at Carroll College studying business and entrepreneurship.

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Tessa Holshue with her mom, Diana Holshue.