Draper Business Plan Competition
WFI is proud to sponsor the Draper Business Plan Competition, now in its second year at Smith. Made possible through the generous support of Tim and Melissa Draper ’77, the Draper Business Plan Competition seeks to encourage students of all majors to leverage their creativity, generate ideas, and build sustainable business models. WFI supports them step-by-step with a series of weekly 'how-to" workshops. Every aspect of converting a passion into a viable business will be covered, from ideation to networking, planning, pitching, selling, and more.
Students have the option to submit their business plans by March 26th to enter the competition to win many prizes, adding up to over $20,000. They will also have the opportunity to connect with alumnae mentors who can provide valuable feedback and networking opportunities.
Several dinner events and the workshop series culminate in the final competition, to be held on April 16th when the Smith campus and the larger community are invited to view the students' work in a trade show. Judges review trade show booths and select finalists for the afternoon pitch showdown where winners are announced immediately after.
In addition to the many prizes students can win, Smith houses can win prizes in a variety of contests designed to generate enthusiasm and a spirit of friendly rivalry.
This year we will also be accepting submissions from Barnard College, Bay Path College, and Mount Holyoke College.
Wednesday, March 26 11:59 PM
Deadline to submit applications
April 16, 2014
3 to 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room
Smith student entrepreneurs will face off in front of a panel of distinguished investors as they compete for $20,000 in prizes!
Grand Prize: $10,000 and three scholarships to the
Draper University of Heroes
Second Prize: $5,000 and two Online Course scholarships to the Draper University of Heroes
Third Prize: $5,000
Audience Favorite: $500
2014 Competition guidelines
2014 Rules and Deadlines (PDF)
2014 Submission Tips (PDF)
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Draper Business Plan Development Workshops
Workshop Luncheons will be held on the following Mondays
February 3, 10, 17, 24
March 3, 10, 24, 31
12:15 to 1:05 p.m. in Campus Center 103/104
The workshops that meet from March 3 on will be held in the Campus Center Carroll Room
Lunch provided for the first 30 students.
Build entrepreneurship skills for a future of business ownership or self-employment. Students alone or in a team will work to develop their own business plans and if they choose, they can enter in the Draper Business Plan Competition for a Grand Prize of $10,000, to be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
Students can take these workshops even if they decide not to compete!
Planning to participate in the workshop series? Just attend!
These workshops and events are made possible by a generous gift from Melissa Draper '77 and Tim Draper, the founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has invested in more than 400 companies including Baidu, Hotmail, and Skype.
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