The Zell Entrepreneurship Program
The Zell Entrepreneurship Program, generously funded by Mr. Sam Zell of Chicago, is renowned as one of the leading university-based venture creation programs in the world. The program, now in its 15th year, provides outstanding students with a year of customized learning and hands-on practical experience, taking them from ideation through implementation and finally launching a real company. Currently, Zell alumni ventures employ hundreds of people in 51 active, registered companies. Eight companies developed by graduates of the Zell Program have made exits, collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Some of these success stories include: the Gifts Project (sold to eBay), PicScout (sold to Getty Images), Somoto (IPO on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange) and many more.