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10 Years of 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.



The #dc2022 has concluded. Congratulations to all our participants and prize winners. Check out the results here.

Mark your calendar for #DC2023

The 2023 Draper Competition will be held in-person (hopefully) at Smith College, April 13-15, 2023. We look forward to hosting undergraduate women-led teams from around the country.

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