Ever wanted to change the world?

Make an impact by launching your own startup at Draper University.

semester in silicon valley

16 weeks | Aug 21- Dec 15

Take five university accredited classes and earn up to 15 credits toward your college degree in Silicon Valley. Surround yourself with like-minded entrepreneurs and go from startup ideation to execution in preparation for Demo Day.

draper Hero Training program

5-7 weeks | Jun 19-Jul 28

Go from an idea to a product ready to pitch to 80+ venture capital investors. Leave with a strong Silicon Valley network and join 280+ alumni who have launched their own startups and raised $51.4M+ in total. 

A Program Designed by Venture Capitalists

Draper University is the leading program in Silicon Valley for developing startup founders with a proven track record of launching 580+ startups who have raised $51.4M+ in total. Develop an entrepreneurial mindset, gain technical skills, and connect with top-tier mentors, investors, and like-minded entrepreneurs. Get college credit outside of the traditional lecture-style classroom with a curriculum designed in collaboration with legendary venture capitalist Tim Draper.

Entrepreneurship Program Details



We look for entrepreneurial hustlers between the ages of 18-32. Our entrepreneurs come from diverse backgrounds and represent various countries including China, India, Mexico, Chile, Estonia, Nepal, South Africa, South Korea,  and Iraq.




We select on the basis of entrepreneurial spirit, passion, creativity, desire to change the world, and grit. We develop and connect founders, so feel free to apply before you have a team or startup idea. 

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You’ll live in the heart of Silicon Valley on our residential campus in San Mateo, just a 30-minute drive from Palo Alto and San Francisco. Live side-by-side with a team of experienced program coordinators and mentors



demo DAY

Pitch your company to 80+ investors and join alumni who have raised up to $200K through our Demo Day. Gain access to top-tier investors and join other alumni who have received funding from the likes of Marc Andreessen and Marc Benioff.


Entrepreneurship Taught by Silicon Valley Icons

You’ll gain access to some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs and startup experts in Silicon Valley. Some of our past speakers include Elon Musk (Tesla), Dave McClure (500 Startups), and Aaron Levie (Box), among others.


Bill Draper
Venture Capitalist


Steve Jurvetson
Partner, DFJ

Elon Musk
Co-Founder & CEO, Tesla 

Aaron Levie
Founder & CEO, Box

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Heidi Roizen
Operating Partner, DFJ

Tony Hsieh
Founder & CEO, Zappos

Dave McClure
Founding Partner, 500Startups

Michelle Phan
Founder, Ipsy & YouTube star



A One-Of-A-Kind Human Accelerator

Besides living and learning at Silicon Valley’s top-rated program in entrepreneurship while choosing an idea, developing your product, and pitching your startup to investors, you will develop the right mindset in order to succeed with unconventional activities led by a Navy Seal, a Tony Robbins motivational coach, and entrepreneurs among others.