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Resources for the Teams

Check out the free resources ZIP teams gain access to!

In the ZIP Launchpad Program, teams gain access to a huge number of resources that they can use to propel their business to success. These resources are free for teams that show need, hard work and dedication. 

Students accepted into the ZIP Launchpad Program are given access to the ZIP Launchpad Collaborative Workspace via their Red IDs. 

This allows students and teams to:

  • Have meetings in a fresh and creative space
  • Collaborate with other teams in the ZIP Launchpad
  • Reserve rooms in the ZIP Launchpad for meetings in a small office or a conference room
  • Get access to our facilities 24/7

The ZIP Launchpad is equipped to help teams iterate on their prototypes as they develop them. Hardware designs are created using the H.G. Fenton Company Idea Lab and software prototyping is supported by our mentors.

Resources in the lab include:

  • 3D printer
  • Metalwork
  • Electronics
  • Laser cutter

As teams move through the ZIP Launchpad Tracks they work directly with our staff mentors and once they show a certain level of success teams are assigned a mentor,

You can get access to: 

  • Mentors that come from several industries
  • Business advise from advisors with years of experience
  • Feedback to guide you through business obstacles

Free legal guidance is provided to our teams through our supporting law firms, Mintz Levin and Troutman Sanders.

This is done through:

  • A series of workshop offered once a year on legal fundamentals for entrepreneurs
  • Scheduled office hours with the legal advisors

Teams can apply to receive the Success Fund from the ZIP Launchpad, which is up to $5,000 the team can use to purchase things and make payments to support their growing startup. The spending of the Success Fund is overseen closely by the ZIP Launchpad staff.

Learn more about ZIP Launchpad Funding Opportunities

E-Track Resources

  • 24/7 access to the ZIP Launchpad Collaborative Workspace
  • Conference Room Reservation
  • Mintz levin Pro Bono Legal Guidance Office Hours (*)
  • Use of H.G. Fenton Company Idea Lab (*@)
  • Use of 3D printers
  • Use of Electronics Station (*@)
  • Pitch Coaching
  • Web Builder Package
  • Office Hours
  • Entrepreneur Society Membership

(*)   requires Director approval
(@) may require training

Launch Track Resources

  • All E-Track Resources
  • Ability to Apply for the Success Fund (up to $5k) (*)
  • Introduction to Mentor and Domain Experts (upon request)
  • Support for Business Competitions (*)
  • Paid Attendance at SD Networking Events(*)
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Service Provider Partner Support
  • One on One Office Hours with Advisor (upon request)
  • Access to Advisory Board Members
  • S/W Consultation (office hours with Gary Lyons)
  • Office hours with COB Faculty (as offered)
  • Introduction to Investors