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Key Dates & Competition Schedule


Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs

146 Elm Street
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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

Application Portal Opens December 1, 2019
Applicants Notified February 23, 2020
Semi-Finalists Confirm Commitment to Compete*  March 6, 2020
Revised Executive Summaries and
3-Slide Pitch Deck Due
March 22, 2020
Competition Activities at Smith College April 2-3, 2020
*Any team who withdraws from the Competition after the Confirmation Date risks disqualification of their school from future competitions for up to two years. Notification of late withdrawal will be forwarded to the team's faculty mentor.

Competition Schedule

The Draper Competition culminates in a celebration of all things entrepreneurial—including the annual Festival of Women Entrepreneurs, an entrepreneurs’ career fair, virtual reality stations, an augmented-reality experience, food trucks and a battle of the bands.

Thursday, April 2

5:45 p.m. Semi-finalists' Registration
6 p.m. Welcome Dinner
Sponsored by Interpretive Simulations and Mass Life Sciences Center

Friday, April 3

8:00 a.m. Track Presentations
(concurrent by track; not open to the public)
12:30 p.m. Doors open to public
  Activities include: Festival of Women Entrepreneurs, Culinary Innovators' Challenge, AR/VR experience and more
3:30 p.m. Welcome - President Kathleen McCartney
3:40 p.m. Review of Rules
3:45 p.m. Finalists' Pitches
Each finalist team has 90 seconds to pitch to a panel of distinguished judges followed by 3.5 minutes of q&a
4:45 p.m. Entertainment Break
5:15 p.m. Announcement of Winners
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The 2019 competition featured virtual reality stations and an augmented-reality experience curated by LinktoVR.