Am I Right for Zell?
While the program looks at a wide variety of factors in selecting potential candidates, most students demonstrate the following strengths:
• High academic standing
• Relevant work and project experience, including exposure to entrepreneurship
• Good command of the English language (speaking, reading and writing)
• Demonstrated leadership abilities
• Completion of foundational management courses
• Completion of a course in fundamentals of finance taken no later than the second
semester of the application (mandatory for students from all schools except for
psychology, as well as for CS students who complete the relevant courses in the minor
• Completion of courses in Marketing and Accounting (recommended)
* Note: That students accepted to Exchange Programs for Fall 2017 may not apply to Zell.
*Note: Students from all faculties of the IDC may apply for the Zell Entrepreneurship Program and the IDC CO-OP course.
Is Zell Right for Me?
The Zell Program is not for most students. It is a combination of a rigorous workload and self-controlled schedule. The faculty gives the student teams the freedom to create their own ventures; however, the teams are held to the highest expectations in terms of work quality, commitment, time management and productivity standards. Entrepreneurship means many late nights, short weekends and an overall commitment to having your vision come to life – all of which at times can conflict with other personal commitments.
If you need to work a full-time job, or if you have a packed school schedule, family commitments or any other serious time considerations, the Zell Program may not be right for you. If, on the other hand, you are able to commit yourself fully to the program and eventually your future team, then the Zell Program could be a great way for you to finish your degree. Keep in mind that while the program has not been designed as a business incubator, it does apply many of the same expectations, standards of practice and level of responsibility for the individual. Simply put, candidates who commit themselves fully to the program will see the program give back equally. It is not for the faint-hearted!