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Draper Teams Up With ASU to Provide "Semester in Silicon Valley"


Draper University in San Mateo, the enterprise founded by premier venture capitalist Tim Draper (Draper Associates, DFJ, Draper Venture Network) to train entrepreneurs, today announced that it is creating a four-month program for entrepreneurs in partnership with Arizona State University.

“We are thrilled to be working with the talented faculty at ASU,” said Tim Draper. “This is a program where you are going to learn, fail, and grow. You’ll leave transformed and better for it.”

In the program, students will ideate, challenge, design, plan and present a startup company. Learning will be both individual and team-based. Students will gain an understanding of new methods in finance (Bitcoin), design (graphic), coding (webflow), marketing (viral, growth hacking), manufacturing (IoT, 3-D Printing) and direct sales.

The program combines Draper University’s signature hero training with the top entrepreneurship course of study from ASU.

“We’re excited to continue to evolve ASU’s creative entrepreneurship teaching and learning environments, and our relationship with Draper allows us to take them to the next level,” said Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University.

Students will get tours of major Silicon Valley companies, a five day survival training course with Navy Seals, Special Forces and Army Rangers, and visits to tech conferences in the Bay Area.

Students will hear from a variety of expert speakers, past speakers include Elon Musk, Tony Hsieh, Bill Hambrecht, Scott Cook, Tom Proulx, and others; will be trained through projects; and will participate in a hack-a-thon. The last half of the course involves actually planning and starting a business.

As they build their businesses, students will accelerate their businesses and will become aware of new ways of streamlining startups through platforms like AngelList, Crowdfunder, Docusign, LawTrades, and eShares.

By the end of the four months, students should be emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually prepared to embark on a startup.

Draper has taught more than 700 students from 62 countries. Graduates have started 300+ companies that have received over $50 million in funding.

Arizona State University, which for two years has been designated by U.S. News and World Report as the most innovative university in the country, has a world class Entrepreneurship and Innovation program embedded in the university.

To learn more visit: http://www.draperuniversity.com/

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