Startup U: Draper University and the Students of Tomorrow
Meet Tim Draper and the amazing students live on your own screen from Draper University. In a world that is ever-changing rapidly before our eyes, our needs in education are changing as well; in comes Draper University.
Tim Draper, ABC and his promising entrepreneurs are ready to bring you the fast-paced world of a new type of education. The Billionaire Venture Capitalist will lead a group of promising entrepreneurs live beginning Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 at 10pm|9c on ABC.
As these ten young adults embark on a seven-week program filled with tough lessons and plenty of drama, will they be able to handle the pressure and seize every opportunity as they pursue their dreams?
Startup U follows a group of entrepreneurial millennials as they embark on a semester at Draper University in Silicon Valley. Tim Draper will lead his students in learning about the fundamentals of launching a startup company under the mentorship of American business leaders. In the end, the students will pitch their ideas to a panel of hungry venture capitalists with the hope that they’ll win a life-changing investment to launch their business. To date, more than 150 Draper graduates have received funding totaling more than $20 million from mogul investors and Tim Draper himself. Brimming with innovation and sheer willpower, the series exposes what it takes to achieve success in the most pioneering and competitive marketplace in the world.
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Who are the amazing staff running the show from Draper university?
Charlie Taibi, Former Draper University
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Position: Draper University Program Director
Hometown: Richmond, California
Position: Draper University Entrepreneur in Residence
Sequoia helps the students shape their own start-ups while continuing to develop her own business.
Who are the Amazing Students?
Hometown: Portland, CT
Background: A financial consultant before being crowned Miss USA in 2013, Erin is married to fellow student Tony Capasso.
Business Proposal: Erins concept, Romeo In A Box, is a subscription-based service that sends gifts on pre-specified dates to wives, girlfriends and moms, thereby eliminating fights over forgetting important milestones.
Hometown: Hartford, CT
Background: A self-professed mamas boy, Tony currently runs the family construction business and is married to fellow competitor Erin Brady.
Business Proposal: Tony plans to use 3D printing to transform the construction business and create affordable housing.
Hometown: Bradenton, FL
Background: The youngest student in the program, Johns obsession with Apple and Steve Jobs prompted him to move across country to be closer to Silicon Valley.
Business Proposal: Johns app StudyBetter uses money as a motivator for students to study. Participants make money once they meet their goals, but in turn they must pay money if they fail.
Hometown: Palm Springs, CA
Background: Once the youngest city commissioner in the state, Shawn is also a rapper. In addition to getting funding for his business, this single guy is hoping to find a smart, classy girl at Draper.
Business Proposal: Shawn’s app Six Degrees allows the user to act as a matchmaker and set up two friends on a date. Friends have friends best romantic interests at heart, so why use an algorithm to find love?
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Background: David began trading stocks at the age of 14 but recently left his six-figure salary as an investment banker to follow his dream of being an entrepreneur.
Business Proposal: A strong supporter of medical marijuana, David’s Stonr app delivers pot to those in need within 20 minutes.
Hometown: New York, NY
Background: Extremely competitive and often using her charm to get her own way, Ana met her goal of owning her own business (a beauty shop) by the time she was 30.
Business Proposal: Ana’s idea Nailed It provides customers with qualified and trained professionals for on-demand nail care services. Nailed It offers an unwavering commitment to quality, health, safety and customer service from the consumers phone order to the front door.
Hometown: Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
Background: A passionate animal exterior is lot of fire and drive.
Business Proposal: Carly’s Pretty Litter is a colorful, sparkly cat litter that changes colors once its used, making a previously unpleasant chore more fun for felines and humans alike.
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Background: Emancipated from real estate agent and follow a new career path.
Business Proposal: Keyonna presents the clothing line Lacher (French for
let go), which mixes Victorian clothing with contemporary style.
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Background: Malcolm built his first website at age 14. Determined to know everything he can about the tech industry, Malcolm vows to use programming to change the world.
Business Proposal: Malcom’s business Robora is a payment platform that recommends other similar products once the transaction is completed.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Background: Majoring in industrial design, Sharon concentrated on robotics so she could create real, working prototypes. A fanatic shoe-lover (she owns over 100 pairs of stilettos), Sharons outgoing nature drives her to work hard during the day and go out on the town at night to promote her business.
Business Proposal: Sharons app, Hotpoint, is a video-social networking app that allows users to zoom in on a map to see whats trending by viewing user-generated video in real time.
Success Story from Draper University:
Mike Juliano, a Draper U alumni, is the founder of Think You Inc. and youPass. He built a platform that streamlines the way people share contact information and connect with one another across multiple touch points. The application allows people to exchange contact and connect via social networks, messenger and video communication platforms. Users can choose what information is shared with the people they are sending their details to.
Will you tune in to see Tim Draper and the students of tomorrow?
As a teacher and edtech lover, I am very excited about this show.
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