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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.

BUILDING BOLDLY: Equity Through Women’s Entrepreneurship

April 8 | 5-6:15p (ET) | Join the event
Women Funding Women

Discussion with Deborah Jackson, Sarah Kunst and Natalia Oberti Noguera about the changing landscape of angel investing and venture capital as mission driven investment funds focus on women and BIPOC founders. 2021 Draper Finalists will be named. Moderator: Debby Farrington '72.

April 9 | 4-6:15p (ET) | Join the event
2021 Draper Competition Finals

The top ten teams of the 2021 Draper Competition will present their ventures to a panel of distinguished judges. $100,000 in cash will be awarded. Special Guest: R&B artist ARI LENNOX

Our Impact

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

393 Team Leaders; 102 Schools; 750 Team Members; 65 Ventures Started; $900,000 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


2021 Draper Competition


The 2021 Draper Competition offers applicants a unique opportunity to attend a one-hour long Saturday workshop series designed specifically for undergraduate women founders. The series will run from March 6-April 3. Speakers: Sharon Beason (Womeneur), Allie Felix (Embarc Collective), Chloe McKenzie (BlackFem Inc.), Ashley Olafsen (iFundWomen) and Rachel Simmons (Author, Odd Girl Out). See the application portal for more details.




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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