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Draper Competition

Participants in the 2019 Draper Competition

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

Our Impact

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

468 Team Leaders; 130 Schools; 837 Team Members; 75 Ventures Started; $1.3M 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 #8 collegiate entrepreneurship competition in the country, according to George Washington University and Times of Entrepreneurship. Smith College stands out as the only liberal arts institution that hosts a competition highlighting women entrepreneurs.



Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs

146 Elm Street
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
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Phone: 413-585-3653
Fax: 413-585-3655