Semester in Silicon Valley Program

The Semester in Silicon Valley program is a four month intensive college semester program in Silicon Valley, CA, geared toward helping individuals learn the technical, business and leadership skills needed to become successful entrepreneurs. Students earn up to 15 college credits through the program.

Arizona State University has partnered with Draper University to create an immersive program where innovation thrives, through a unique in-residence experience featuring ASU faculty and curriculum at Draper University in San Mateo, California. In just four months, you’ll gain the tools and knowledge to launch and grow your own startup, and turn powerful ideas into reality.

Our Alumni


My startup Conbio went from idea to real customers in four months. It is all about actual growth and practice instead of only theory.


I have built lifelong connections with friends, mentors and investors who really cared about my business and my success.


Best startup experience ever! There are no dull moments and every day is packed with activities and learning opportunities.


Learn By Doing

Earn a Certificate of Entrepreneurship from ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business

ENT305: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
ENT360: Entrepreneurship and Value Creation
CIS394: Mobile and Web Programming*
CIS394: Product Design & 3D Printing
WPC494: DU - Immersive Entrepreneurial Experience**

16 weeks | 15 credits
Starts August 21, 2017

* These classes can be replaced with other iCourses with approval from an adviser.
** These classes are required by all students.

A New Classroom Experience

Draper Curriculum Overview

Why is this venture important to you? What does the world look like when you are enormously successful? What problem are you solving? What specific products/services do you plan to build and deliver? What are your value and growth hypotheses and how are you planning to prove or disprove them with data?

Founding Team and Mentors
Do you have the appropriate engineering, creative and customer acquisition skills on your team to start building a successful venture? Have you landed a lead adviser? How is this person valuable to you, your team and your business?

Market Analysis
Who are your customers? What are the demographic and sociographic profiles of the people who will make the decision to buy? Where do they hang out? Is your market big enough to warrant moving forward? How do you know? Who are your competitors? Why is your product/service significantly better than the current solution out there?

Legal Structure
What are the different business entities and which one will you choose? How do you structure a founding team agreement? What is a trademark? What is a patent? How do you protect yourself and your business?

Conduct smartly designed and free (or low-cost) experiments to further validate what you've learned from surveys and interviews. Create a minimum viable product and test the market’s reaction.

Financial Structure
Put together a financial model and use it to smartly forecast your revenue and expenses. Are you building a business that can be profitable? Where is the initial startup capital coming from?

Finish building a functional product and deploy to your market. Launch a "Coming Soon" page to let your network know that your product is on the way. Have them sign up with basic contact info to get in the queue for your private beta. Identify key influencers in your queue that you should be talking to for upcoming marketing purposes.

Technology Training
Throughout the program you will be learning computer aided product design with CAD, mobile app and web programming, and graphic branding design. All software licenses are provided by the program.


Entrepreneurship Taught by Entrepreneurs

You'll learn from some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs and startup experts in Silicon Valley, including speakers such as:

Bill Draper
Venture Capitalist
Tina Seelig
Executive Director, STVP
Biz Stone
Co-Founder, Twitter
Aaron Levie
Founder, BOX
Michelle Phan
Entrepreneur, YouTube Star
Sabeen Ali
Founder, AngelHack
Tony Hsieh
CEo, Zappos
Dave McClure
Founder, 500 Startups

Program Fees

Housing & Meal Plan Live on campus in San Mateo, CA with other entrepreneurs and mentors. Buffet lunch catered daily from a local restaurant. $7,000*

Program Fee Additional special program fee that includes all activities, field trips, guest speakers and the DU experience. $7,000

ASU Tuition Normal ASU tuition will be assessed based on residency status. Varies**

* Housing is based on double occupancy dorm rooms. Single occupancy rooms are available for an additional fee.
** Tuition varies based on in-state, out of state or international residency status

Real Results

We’ve created 280+ startups that have raised $51.4+ million. They're joined accelerators like Techstars, 500 Startups, and YCombinator, and are funded by some of the most prestigious investors including Marc Andreessen, Tim Draper, and Marc Benioff.