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Draper Competition

Two students at their booth at the Draper Competition

The Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs is an on-ramp for undergraduate women seeking access to entrepreneurship opportunities, capital and networks.

On Friday, April 5, 2019, more than $200,000 in cash and scholarships were awarded at the 2019 Draper Competition at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Click here to see the photo gallery.

2019 Draper Schools

Map of the United States indicating schools participating in the Draper Competition

  • Amherst College
  • Babson College
  • Borough Of Manhattan Community College
  • Brooklyn College 
  • Brown University
  • CalState Polytechnic University, Pomona    
  • Clarkson University
  • Cornell University
  • Cottey College
  • CSU Fresno
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Hampshire College
  • Hofstra University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Iowa State University
  • Landmark College
  • Medgar Evers College
  • Michigan State University
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Olin College of Engineering
  • Oregon State University
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers University
  • San Diego State University
  • Smith College
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • Syracuse University
  • Temple University
  • The George Washington University
  • The University of Chicago Booth
  • UMass Amherst
  • University of Idaho
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
  • Vassar College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Western Michigan University
  • Western New England University
  • Wheaton College
  • Williams College

Our Impact

Every year since its inception in 2013, the Draper Competition has attracted ever greater numbers of strong undergraduate women entrepreneurs.

321 team leaders, 600+ team members, 57 ventures started, $550,000 cash and in-kind prizes

Crush the Glass Ceiling

“We imagine that Smith will become the entrepreneurial school for women.”

In 2012, Smith College, Tim Draper and Melissa Parker Draper ’77 forged a groundbreaking partnership to level the playing field for aspiring undergraduate female founders.

Melissa and Tim Draper at the judging table



Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs

146 Elm Street
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3653
Fax: 413-585-3655