Pre-Accelerator program a 5 week fully residential, and immersive learning experience focused on Space and Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Longevity & Immortality (Healthcare) and Blockchain technology. The most ambitious entrepreneurs from around the world will build on their skill set, expand their network, and pitch their business to legendary venture capitalist, Tim Draper.

AdmissionsApplication Reviewing Period Notification DateSession Dates
Early Bird AdmissionOctober 1 – January 4January 11April 1 – May 4 (5 weeks)
General AdmissionJanuary 4 – March 1March 8April 1 – May 4 (5 weeks)
Last Minute AdmissionMarch 1 – March 15March 22April 1 – May 4 (5 weeks)
  • Applications are closed for this session but applications are still open for Summer 2019 session.


Draper University was founded by venture capitalist Tim Draper. At Draper University, you will go from an idea to a product ready to pitch to venture capital investors as you learn from top-tier venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Past speakers have included Elon Musk (Tesla), Aaron Levie (Box), and Tony Hsieh (Zappos). Live and learn in Silicon Valley while building a strong network of life-long mentors and friends. Come join 780+ alumni who have launched their own startups, raised $220+M in in venture funding, and have sold their companies for multiple millions and have been featured in Forbes 30 under 30. At Draper University, you will go from an idea to pitching to venture capital investors as you learn from top-tier venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Live and learn in Silicon Valley while building a strong network of life-long mentors and friends.

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Upcoming Speakers


All learning materials will be customized to meet the needs of an entrepreneur specifically focused on these industries:

  • Blockchain Technology

  • Space and Robotics

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Longevity and Immortality (Healthcare)

Below are the standard modules we cover in 5-week Pre-Accelerator program that will be incorporated.

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Alumni Statistics

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Alumni Success Stories

Success Stories in Blockchain Industry


Draper Associates Funded Blockchain Companies

Past Speakers

Past AI Speakers

A Typical Day at our Silicon Valley campus. 

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The Application Process

Our process is completed in 3 simple steps

1. apply

Our application is simple. Tell us your business idea (if you have one), and why you were put on this earth. Include what makes you unique!


After receiving your application, we will schedule a 15-minute Skype interview with a member of our admissions team to learn more about your background.

3. Get notified

After the interview, you will receive an admissions decision within 3-4 weeks. Financial Aid is awarded on a rolling basis, so apply ASAP!


Draper University Ventures

Draper University launched a fund dedicated to only Draper University students and alumni companies.


Aside from our all-star line of speakers, our tuition covers on-campus accommodation in downtown San Mateo, transportation for activities, expenses for outdoor activities, and admission to special events. Our tuition is currently $12,000. Up to 15 meals per students will be included in the session.


Limited financial aid and scholarships are offered based on demonstrated need, academic merit and entrepreneurial experience. You will receive a scholarship application upon acceptance if you qualify.

Visa and Travel Plans

If you are applying from abroad, please take into consideration the time required to apply for a visa if you are accepted to Draper University's residential programs (i.e. Hero Training, Semester in Silicon Valley). We STRONGLY advise you submit your application at least 4 months prior to the program start date in order to allow ample time for processing for a business visitor visa from your home country. Contact admissions@draperuniversity.com for any Visa related questions. Up to 15 meals per student will be included in the session.

Frequently asked questions

How much does the program cost?

The program costs $12,000 for our Pre-Accelerator 5 week program.

Can I apply if I don't have an idea yet?

Yes you can! We are a "human accelerator" and looking for great future entrepreneurs whether you have an idea or not.

Can I apply if I already have an idea and a team?

Yes, we are looking for top talent and would love to have you at our accelerator for you to gain access to our network and also possibly raise money during our Pitch Day with 100+ investors/mentors.

Do you pay for my flight to Draper?

No, we do not unfortunately.

What is covered in the tuition?

Accommodation + Academics.

What are other extra expenses?

Flight tickets and daily meals.

Can I get more information about scholarships?

Please apply first. We will assess your ability to receive scholarships after your interview.

How can I prepare for my interview?

Our interview is only 15 minutes via Skype and informal for the most part, so just be yourself!

Can I still apply if my company/idea is not related with Space & Robotics or Artificial Intelligence or Longevity & Immortality (Healthcare) or Blockchain?

No, this session is industry specific. Only companies/ideas from specific industries allowed for this session, but we also have a Hero Training session in Summer for all industries.

Other Questions?

Please contact us info@draperuniversity.com, otherwise further details here.