Draper Business Plan Competition
Check back in October 2014 for information on the Spring 2015 competition.
To see a list of finalists see the 2014 Competition page.
An interview from the Engine Radio Show with Allie Felix '14 about the Draper Business Competition -
Article from the Smith College Grecourt Gate - "Draper Competition Puts Out Call to Student Entrepreneurs"
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 is 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.
The workshop series and several dinner events 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.
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.
The Deadline to submit applications is over and competitors will be notified by email by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, March 28th.
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: $7,500 and two Online Course scholarships to the Draper University of Heroes
Third Prize: $5,000
Audience Favorite: $500
Smith houses can win additional prizes by demonstrating team spirit and support for their housemates!
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Draper Business Plan Development Workshops
Our last workshop is Monday, April 7th.
12:15 to 1:05 p.m. in Campus Center 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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