Draper University

Lecturers include:
Tim Draper Founder, DFJ & Draper University
Bill Draper Founder, Sutter Hill Ventures
Elon Musk Founder & CEO, Tesla & SpaceX
Tony Hsieh Founder & CEO, Zappos.com
Tina Seelig Executive Director, Stanford STVP
Steve Jurvetson Managing Director, DFJ

Winter Session
January 20, 2014 - March 7, 2014
Application Deadline
January 6, 2014
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Course Description

Draper University Online combines startup fundamentals, creative free thinking and the practical real world knowledge to turn something into reality. More than just an online class, the online program is community-based, interactive and tailored specifically to entrepreneurs who need the flexibility to work on their own time. The program was created by Tim Draper to empower anyone, anywhere access to the groundbreaking entrepreneurial curriculum that was created for Draper University’s boarding school program.

The Online Program runs in tandem with the Boarding School Program. The online program includes access to the best Draper University speakers, and individual assignments and teamwork projects to push your imagination and limits. Online students also interact with boarding school students on various projects throughout the 7 week session. Each session culminates with the opportunity to pitch to a panel of investors virtually.

The Draper University community is an invaluable network of individuals who think differently and push each other to achieve great things. Get the Silicon Valley experience - online!

Courses offered to online school students are identical to those offered to students of the boarding school program. Courses cover business basics and start up strategies but do so by using experiential methods unique to Draper University.

Our core curriculum can be found here and includes some of the following topics:

Media Training, Negotiations, Predictive Analytics, Various Topics in Finance, Lean Startups, Creativity Crash Course, Special CEO & Founder Series Talks, Design Thinking, Innovation, Branding, Networking, Sales Training, Manufacturing, Fundraising and Venture Capital.
Pitch to Venture Capitalists

In addition to the feedback you will receive from your classmates, at the end of the program you will have the opportunity to upload a 2-minute pitch video to be reviewed by a panel of well-known Venture Capitalists. Top pitches will also be screened at our pitch competition here in Silicon Valley.

Tuition for the program is $850 and scholarships are offered. Please visit our scholarship page for additional information.
For more information about Draper Univerity:


Tim Draper
Founder, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Bill Draper
Founder, Sutter Hill Ventures
Elon Musk
Founder & CEO, Tesla & SpaceX
Tony Hsieh
Founder & CEO, Zappos.com
Tina Seelig
Executive Director, Stanford STVP
Steve Jurvetson
Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

  • Be prepared to commit at least 20 hours per week
  • Know how to upload a video to YouTube or Vimeo
  • Be familiar with Skype and Google Hangouts
  • Lots of enthusiasm!
Several times throughout the program I’ve felt this sense of rediscovery of wonderment that I felt as a kid - these are thoughts and feelings that have long been supressed in my professional adult life. I’m not talking about immatury or ignorance. What I mean is that feeling that anything is possible and if you can imagine it then it must be real. It is greatly liberating.
- Alicia Dixon, Fall 2013
Mixing a little inspiration with a lot of roadmap to success, Draper University Online was an invaluable step in building my long term and sustainable company.
- Megan Jones, Fall 2013
A Lifelong Network

Upon completion of the online program, students will join the Draper University Alumni Network and gain access to Alumni Events and additional speaker videos for continued networking and learning.