The annual Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs is hosted and organized by the Center for Women and Financial Independence, Smith College's initiative devoted to the support of innovation and entrepreneurship.
The competition is designed to give undergraduate entrepreneurs an experience that will help them hone their business plans and elevator pitches. The goal of the Draper Competition is to provide the best educational and entrepreneurial experience of any undergraduate business competition.
APRIL 7, 2017
2:30 - 6p
- The Team Leader must complete the online application and upload an Executive Summary to by 11:59p on March 1, 2017. **No school affiliation information should be included in the executive summary. A link to the application will be available January 4, 2017.
- A selection committee will evaluate submissions and complete a scorecard for each team; the top 50 teams will move on to Round 2.
Teams who advance to this round are Semi-Finalists. Each Semi-Finalist team is required to participate in the Trade Show Expo held on Competition Day, Friday, April 7, 2017.
Teams must visually showcase their ventures for the Competition Judges to evaluate and the general public to view.
Competition Judges will complete a scorecard for each team; the top ten (10) teams will advance to the next round of the competition.
Teams selected to advance are Finalists. Team Leaders will deliver a 90-second business pitch to Competition Judges and attendees immediately following the Trade Show Expo.
Each team will then participate in a brief Q&A session (not more than 4 minutes) with the Competition Judges.
- Competition Judges will complete a scorecard for each Finalist team. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Competition.
$10,000 and up to three scholarships for eligible team members to Draper University of Heroes in San Mateo, CA
up to $7,500
up to $5,000
Finalists - $500
Semi-Finalists - $200
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