The FLoW $5,000 Transformational Idea Award
Win a Full Scholarship to Draper University

Not ready to start a business? Have great pre-commercial research
that needs exploring? Then apply to win the Transformational Idea Award.


Surbhi Sarna
CEO and Founder of nVision Medical
UC Berkeley Alum
Draper University Alum & Change

What it covers: pre-commercial, applied research with large potential impact but in the conceptual phase of defining how it might make a business.

The Scholarship: A full scholarship for the winning team to attend Draper University's eight week entrepreneurial program.

Draper University: Founded by venture capitalist Tim Draper, Draper University is an unconventional boarding school for young entrepreneurs from around the world. A cross between a school and a live-in accelerator, the program is designed to inspire creativity, innovation, leadership and teamwork.

The 8-week program culminates with students pitching their companies created under the guidance of mentors recruited for the university to Silicon Valley venture capitalists.

For more information: ABC News Story; Draper University.

Apply: online at /apply. Transformational idea teams are not required to prepare business plans.

Need Help? Consult our pool of 90+ mentoring experts offering advice in technology and business development, raising capital, and marketing identification. Students fill out a Mentor Request form on the FLoW website /need-a-mentor and FLoW will match teams with advisors after submissions close on March 3, 2014.

The Process

  • Set up an account on iStart
  • March 3, 2014: Submission Date
  • March 4 - 8, 2014: Round 1 Judging, Mentors assigned
  • March 9 - 29, 2014: Prepare ten-slide presentation
  • April 4, 2014 SoCal and NorCal Semi-Finals: Present to TIA Judging Panels
  • May 7, 2014: Finals presentation and exhibition at Regional Awards in Los Angeles

For more information please contact us.