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Funding Opportunities

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Thanks to the generosity of our many supporters the ZIP Launchpad and the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center offer SDSU students and program participants the chance to apply for different equity free funds to help them get their startups to the next level.

ZIP Launchpad Prototyping Fund  |  $200

Up to $200
Initial prototyping expenses
ZIP Launchpad participants that have been admitted into Launch Track 1

ZIP Launchpad Staff Advisor

 Team has been admitted to Launch 1

Zahn Success Fund Award  |  $5000

Up to $5000

To achieve a major business milestone

ZIP Launchpad participants

Success Fund Oversight Committee

ZIP Launchpad Team that has been nominated by the Advisor

The Zahn Success Fund Award also triggers a Deferred Service Agreement from  Mintz Levin

Follow the guidelines on the presentation below when filling out the application on F6s

Zahn Success Fund Award Application Instructions

The ZIP Launchpad has set up a Zahn Success Fund Award to help active student teams with their idea validation. The Award granted to teams from the Zahn Success Fund Award is non-equity funding meaning that ZIP Launchpad will not receive any shares/equity in return for the funding.

Please note, the Zahn Success Fund Award is subject to taxation.

Teams can only be awarded the Zahn Success Fund Award once. Each team can apply for up to $5,000 in funding. The first $2,500 will be paid out upon approval of the Award. The secondary award will be received after achievement of a mutually agreed upon milestone and demonstrating proper use of funds.

Upon award approval, please work with appropriate staff to complete the required forms. Processing can take up to 1-2 months.

  • If the team is a legal entity, then they will need to complete paperwork as a company.
  • If the team is not a legal entity, then the founder/CEO  will need to complete the paperwork as an individual.

Teams are responsible for their own expenses.

Teams are required real-time (w/in 24 hours)  to produce evidence to ZIP Launchpad Executive Director demonstrating that the AWARD was used as intended.

Improper use of the funds will result in immediate termination of award and failure to receive second payment.

Lavin Early Seed Startup Fund  |  $5000

Up to $5,000

Proof of concept

Lavin, ZIP Idea Lab & ZIP Launchpad Participants

Lavin Early Seed Startup Fund Oversight Committee

Teams in early stage development

Aztec Cooperative Fund  |  $1000

Up to $1000 per agreement of hourly pay

Graphics Packages, Branding, UX/UI Design, & more completed by other SDSU students

ZIP Launchpad Participants

ZIP Launchpad Staff Advisors

 ZIP Launchpad Participant

Once the services have been provided, the team is not obligated to the student providing the service for further compensation, equity, or employment.  

Prebys Entrepreneurship Endowed Scholarship


Merit Scholarship

Lavin & ZIP Launchpad Participants

Prebys Entrepreneurship Endowed Scholarship Committee

Lavin & ZIP Launchpad Participants