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Draper Competition

Participants in the 2019 Draper Competition

Supporting Women Founders

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


Draper Competition 2023 Applications Now Open!

2023 Competition Dates: April 13–15, 2023
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on February 10, 2023



#DC2023: April 13-15 at Smith College

After three years of virtual competitions, we are pleased to announce that the Draper Competition is returning to its in-person glory in April 2023. Be a part of the ONLY national business plan competition for undergraduate women.
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Our Impact

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

518 Team Leaders
146 Team Leader Schools
948 Team Members
78 Ventures Started
$1.5 Million in Cash Prizes Awarded


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




The Draper Competition is the #7 collegiate entrepreneurship competition in the country, according to George Washington University and the Times of Entrepreneurship. For the second year in a row, Smith College stands out as the only liberal arts institution that hosts a competition highlighting women entrepreneurs.



Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs

Neilson Library, Room 103
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
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