About this courseSkip About this course
Draper University is on a mission to inspire people and accelerate ideas by igniting the entrepreneurial spirit globally.
Founded by venture capitalist Tim Draper, the university brings founders, operators and venture capital all under one umbrella.
The course encompasses a wide range of timely, relevant topics that entrepreneurs must master to build and scale their companies. The beginning of a founder’s journey can often be the most difficult part of starting up as you may have no capital, partners, product, or way to easily describe your business. In this course, you will begin by defining and honing your vision of the world you have set out to build. Later you will learn the fundamentals of fundraising, running a process to close a round, negotiate term sheets and everything else you might have questions about on this journey. Lastly, since no one builds a company alone, you’ll be trained on how to hire and build a team that believes in your mission.
Unlike traditional courses, this program is designed to help you think through every aspect of your business plan and pitch it to actual investors.
At the end of the course, Draper University will select the top companies and offer scholarships for them to participate in its on-site accelerator in Silicon Valley.
Anyone can enroll in this program. It is designed for learners that want to acquire sophisticated and rigorous training in entrepreneurship without leaving their day job but without compromising quality. There is no application process but basic interest in starting or working at a startup is highly recommended if you want to excel. All the lectures are taught by other founders, investors and operators, who are at the peak of their career and the level of rigor is the same as an on-campus course. This program brings Draper University’s unique, high-quality curriculum and hands-on learning approach to learners around the world.
What you'll learnSkip What you'll learn
Hero Mindset - Ideas that Change the World
Design and Prototype Thinking – solving problems with first principle thinking
Product Market Fit – Customer acquisition and marketing fundamentals
Startup Finance 101 – Everything you need to know about projections and business models
Fundraising – Process, outreach, pitching and negotiating with investors
Leadership – Building winning teams
Pitching to investors - Submit a business plan and pitch for potential investment
● MODULE 0: About Draper University
● MODULE 1: The Superhero Oath
● MODULE 2: Future and Vision
● MODULE 3: Ideas that Change the World
● MODULE 4: Prototype Thinking
● MODULE 5: Business Modeling
● MODULE 6: Sales and Growth
● MODULE 7: Finance
● MODULE 8: Fund Raising
● MODULE 9: Team Building
● MODULE 10: Leadership
● MODULE 11: Go be a HERO
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“The connections, relationships, advice, and support you get is unmatched by any other experience you’ll ever get. Being in an institution that is SO open minded, and a little bizarre, is enough to get you thinking differently, grow and harden your heart as an entrepreneur, and get you prepared for literally anything and everything that will come your way. The Draper team really does know startups and what it takes to be a success.” Sharon Winter
“Draper University changed my life – from an aspiring, wide-eyed thinker to an active, get-stuff-done entrepreneur. This school is not your normal by the books, studylateforexams institution – and rightfully so. After decades of learning to get straight A's and never make a mistake, Draper helped me understand a few things about business and life. It's ok to fail and try again, taking the unconventional route is often faster and more fun and you'll never have all of the answers so embrace uncertainty.” Kevin Longa