Arizona State and Draper University Team Up For Entrepreneur Dream Course

April 21, 2017

11:20 am

For college students, going to class and reading about building a business is one thing, but having the opportunity to actually build one of their own is quite another. Sure there are plenty of business courses that students can take to up their game, but having a program completely dedicated to livening their entrepreneurial spirit will take things to a different level. And now, it's happening at Arizona State University.

Draper University and Arizona State University have partnered up to bring up to 80 students into Silicon Valley and give them immense resources and knowledge about entrepreneurship from a bevy of experts and business leaders. And for those students who are concerned about missing classes for the program, not to worry. This program gives each student 15 college credits as well as a certificate of entrepreneurship.

ASU and Draper University are no strangers to innovation. The U.S. News and World Report ranks ASU #1 in Innovation. Tim Draper, after whom Draper University is named, has been a leader in educating and empowering aspiring entrepreneurs with innovative approaches. Draper University has branded itself as “a boarding school for entrepreneurs,” and has graduated over 500 students with a total of 280 companies started and $51.4 million raised.

The program, titled “Semester in Silicon Valley”, will give each student the opportunity to pitch their new startups at the end to dozens of venture capitalists that are ready to open their wallets toward any attractive prospects. Startups that have gone through the Draper University program have raised over $200,000 at the demo day.

The curriculum in the program will consist of five upper-level courses at ASU ranging from “Mobile and Web Programming” to “Immersive Entrepreneurial Experience.” Students will also get coaching and mentoring by Peak Performance Educator Gina Kloes as well as have the opportunity to tour the headquarters of Google and Tesla.

At Phoenix Startup Week, Tim Draper told stories about his investment with Tesla, Elon Musk, Draper U, SpaceX, innovation, disrupting industies and more, with moderator: Michael Hool, Managing Partner Hool Coury Law.

Read more about the Phoenix startup ecosystem here at Tech.Co

Photo: Flickr / Kevin Dooley


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Jacob is a journalism and political science student at Arizona State University. He likes to learn and write about anything that isn’t cliché. His primary interests are foreign policy, solutions to global poverty, and tech innovation. He has helped lead multiple student groups on campus that have hosted a range of speakers on international issues and has acted as moderator for a couple himself. In his free time, he likes to watch movies, read weird books, and drink offensive amounts of coffee.