Collegiate startup CEOs head to Silicon Valley for Draper University 7- week program

by | Apr 15, 2016 | Uncategorized

At the Arizona Collegiate Venture Competition (ACVC), 11 student startups from four collegiate entrepreneurship programs, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University (NACET) and Grand Canyon University, competed at ASU SkySong for a share of cash prizes and Draper University Scholarships valued over $60,000, and the Territorial Cup trophy.

We are excited to announce that, as part of the ACVC process, each competing team participated in a Conscious Capitalism workshop, furthering our Arizona Chapter’s mission to bring the idea of Conscious Capitalism to education.

If you don’t know much about DU, it was founded by legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper in 2012. To date, Draper University has created over 250 startups that have raised more than $50 million, funded by some of the most prestigious investors, including Marc Andreessen, Tim Draper, and Marc Benioff. Draper University will be offering a full session at their campus in Silicon Valley.

Allie Felix, marketing manager of Draper University, said, “Over the past year, we have noticed the immense talent coming from Arizona. We have strategically partnered with ACVC as a means to capitalize on that talent. Our goal is to create a bridge between our communities, and align ourselves with the momentum taking place in Phoenix.”

acvc winner
Let’s meet all of the prize winners…

Territorial Cup Winner received $5,500 and a Draper University Scholarship
Worksphere, UA

Gold Level Winner received $4,500
Let’s Chat, ASU – Awarded a Draper University Scholarship

Silver Level Winners received $3,500
Bailiwic, UA – Awarded a Draper University Scholarship
Defiiant Technologies, UA
PayUp, NAU
Storage Together, GCU

Copper Level Winners received $1,500
Synergyan, ASU
TailSpace, GCU
Tech Dispatcher, ASU
Wild Gear Warehouse, NAU

“Students coming to Draper University can expect to become truly immersed in the Silicon Valley ecosystem, alongside a cohort of entrepreneurs from all over the world. They will learn essential startup skills from over 50 industry experts, iterate their startup idea, and pitch to a panel of venture capitalists,” Felix said.

After the CEOs return to Arizona, they will receive 12 months of additional mentorship through the Conscious Capitalism program, via co-sponsor MAC6.

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