Summer “Camp” in San Mateo
It’s like summer camp … for entrepreneurs. And it’s located in downtown San Mateo.
Dubbed “Draper Summer Open House,” this week-long intensive is where would-be entrepreneurs might get their first taste of Silicon Valley. For those young, ambitious types who have a great idea and might like to dip a toe into the principles of launching a startup, Draper University’s five-day open house is a perfect start.
Draper’s Open House takes place August 6th-10th. The agenda includes “Pitch+Customer Analysis+Prototyping,” “San Francisco Scavenger Hunt and Day of Fun,” and “Team Building+Hackathon.”
While the moniker “open house” sounds free-for-all, the program does charge a significant fee, so be prepared for that if you’re considering purchasing a ticket > But for serious would-be biz wizards, the open house is an opportunity to connect with top-tier mentors and investors. Plus, your ticket includes accommodations.
The full-program of Draper University, located in the refurbished former Benjamin Franklin Hotel, is a residence and online program for bright young minds looking to pursue an entrepreneurial path.
Developed by venture capital guru Tim Draper, the school focuses on building entrepreneurs from the ground up. Not by teaching them about what other entrepreneurs have done, but through experiential learning geared to helping students understand through daily, practical experience and a rigorous course of study.
The program, launched in 2013, admits 18 – 26 year olds, 45 percent of whom are international. There is no faculty at Draper University; instead the school has guest lecturers such as Tony Hsieh from Zappos and Elon Musk from Tesla who come and talk about their experiences leading world class, breakthrough companies.
If you do attend this summer’s open house, snap some photos and tag @baymeadowslife!
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