Startup Fund Investing For All

Zell Capital is an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, that seeks to maximize our portfolio’s long term total return by investing in early stage startup companies by seeking capital gains on our equity investment and ordinary income from debt investment.

We are in our Initial Offering Period where investors can create an account through our website and make an investment. Before investing, you should read the prospectus, including the discussion of the material risks to ensure you are comfortable with the risks associated with investing in our fund.


Initial offering price per Share1


Net Asset Value (NAV) as of 4/30/22


Minimum Investment


Shares Offered

The NAV is updated once per month. [1] Initial offering price for 18 months or until the fund has raised $25 Million. After the initial offering period, the shares will be sold at NAV and to the extent NAV per share or valuation of underlying holding changes above the initial offering price, the offering price will be adjusted. Learn more about this section being updated and the NAV vs offering price per share by visiting the Investor FAQ here.

A new type of fund for venture capital investing

We are pioneering a new type of investment fund called Access Funds, which are designed to open private markets, such as venture capital, to all investors through a professionally managed fund strategy. Before investing, please read our prospectus, specifically the risk disclosures, and speak to your financial advisor.

Help Build Great Startups

We invest in early stage startups, when they are in their earliest days. Together with our fund’s investor community, we will do everything we can to help the teams we invest in succeed.

Low Minimum Investment

Investing in startups comes with a high degree of risks, and investors typically put a very small amount of their portfolio into a strategy such as this. We make startup fund investing accessible with a $1,000 minimum investment.

Venture Capital Fund Investing For All

Traditionally, only accredited investors and institutions can invest in venture capital funds. No longer! Zell Capital gives all investors access to a venture capital focused fund if it fits in their investor objectives and risk tolerance.

Investors Own Shares in Our Fund Which Owns Early Equity

Owning early equity in companies that experience significant growth is a common source for wealth creation. Zell Capital provides investors with passive ownership in a portfolio of startups through a professionally managed strategy.

How To Invest In Zell Capital

Follow these steps to create an account and invest in Zell Capital’s first Access Fund, focused on early-stage startup investments.

Create Your Account

After reading the prospectus, click the Get Started button above to create your investment account, connect your bank account and submit the amount you will invest. No funds will be withdrawn from your bank account at this time.

Net Asset Value Calculation

At the end of each month we will calculate the NAV of the Fund. Within 5 days you will receive an email where you will confirm your investment decision. Investors will have 48 hours to confirm.

Investment Confirmation

Once you confirm your investment decision, the funds will be deducted from your bank account, and shares will be issued to you. You will see the issuance of shares in your online investor account.

Engage with Us

Zell Capital offers benefits for both investors and startup companies. Learn more about how to work with us.

How to Invest

Determine If This Is Suitable For You

This fund invests in startups which come with a high degree of risk. Make sure to take time to understand our investment objective, our strategy and the risks outlined in our prospectus before investing in our fund. Most important, talk to your financial advisor before you invest. 

Create Investor Account

Investing in Zell Capital is a completely digital experience. Click on the “Get Started” below button where you will go through the process to create your Zell Capital investor account. Investor accounts are managed on a site sponsored and maintained by our partner, US Bank. 

Join Our Community

Once you have invested you will receive information about how you can participate in our investor community. Your participation is voluntary and subject to our Community Guidelines. Our goal is to allow you the opportunity to provide feedback seeking to create value for potential investments, and the startups in our investment portfolio. 

Meet Our Leaders.

Our team consists of leaders with experience in startup investing and managing funds registered under the
Investment Company Act of 1940.

Will Zell

Founder, CEO and trustee

Since 2007, experience starting and building diverse types of companies, including three technology startups.

Michelle Murcia

Chief Financial Officer

Since 1996, experience in corporate finance, venture capital fund management and startup formation.

Roger Pries

chief compliance officer

Since 1996, experience in financial services industry, including ten years in operational risk management.

Hope Newsome


Since 2007, experience providing general counsel and compliance support to registered and private funds.

Independent trustees

Our Board of Trustees is comprised of a majority of independent trustees who protect the interests of our shareholders and ensure governance best practices are in place.

Lindsay Karas Stencel

independent trustee

Since 2009, experience in venture capital. Former Partner, NCT Ventures

R. Jeffrey Young

Independent trustee

Since 1996, experience in fund administration. Former President, Huntington Asset Services

Our partners

Zell Capital is an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940. We engage leading firms who specialize in registered funds.

Fund Counsel
Admin & Accounting
General Counsel

Before investing you should carefully consider the fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other information is in the prospectus, a copy of which you can find at or by contacting US Bank at 1-888-484-1944. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest. 

An indication of interest in response to this advertisement will involve no obligation or commitment of any kind. 

Our investments in what we believe to be rapidly growing venture-capital-backed emerging companies may be extremely risky and we could lose all or part of our investments.  Significant risks of investing in venture capital backed emerging companies are: these companies may have limited financial resources, limited operating histories, and have generally less predictable operating results. Because they are privately owned, there is generally little publicly available information about these businesses.  Also, early-stage and development-stage companies have a high rate of failure and often experience unexpected problems.

We plan to focus a significant portion of our investing in technology companies, which may cause the value of our interests to be susceptible to factors affecting the technology industry and therefore subject to greater risk than an investment in a fund that invests in a broader range of securities.

The marketplace for venture capital investing has become increasingly competitive, making it difficult for us to locate an adequate number of attractive investment opportunities.

Because our investments are generally not in publicly traded securities, there will be uncertainty regarding the value of our investments, which could adversely affect the determination of our net asset value.

One of the key elements of our structure as an Access Fund is the potential for investors of the type we expect to attract to provide expertise to our portfolio companies in various areas. There is no guarantee that any of our investors will, in fact, have expertise that would be useful for any of our portfolio companies, or if they have such expertise, that they would have any interest in working with our portfolio companies.

We have identified only a few specific investments that we may make with the proceeds from this offering. As a result, this may be deemed to be a “blind pool” offering and you will not have the opportunity to evaluate historical data or assess any investments prior to purchasing our Shares. 

There can be no assurance that the results predicted or targeted will be attained, and actual results may be significantly different from the statements on this website. Also, general economic factors, which are not predictable, can have a material impact on the reliability of our targeted results.

 Investing involves risk.  Loss of principal is possible.

Investing in our shares involves a high degree of risk. Before buying any shares, you should read the discussion of the material risks of investing in our shares in “Risk Factors” in the prospectus, a summary of which is also found here.  Our shares will not be publicly traded, and you will have very limited liquidity, may not be able to sell your shares, and may not receive a full return of your invested capital, regardless of how we perform.

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