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Keen On… Draper University Of Heroes: Tim Draper Is Looking For The Best And The Brightest (Is That You?)

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Do you have spark? Are you a hero? If so, Tim Draper may want to get inside your head. Draper, best known, of course, as the founder and a managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, has founded a “new kind of university” in an old hotel in San Mateo designed to attract the “best and brightest”. Named Draper University Of Heroes, Tim Draper’s vision is to train young entrepreneurs by, as he told me, “getting inside people’s heads” and “changing the rules”. Draper University of Heroes is a college of disruption, offering both urban and rural survival training and literally changing the rules on everything – from baseball to Monopoly to adding the nuclear option to Risk.

It’s a radical idea – both in an educational and business sense. Instead of full time faculty, classes at Draper University are taught by friends-of-Tim like former Apple Store supremo Ron Johnson and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh as well as by Draper himself. It’s a “R&D center” for entrepreneurs, he explained,  with student entrepreneurs getting access to Boost.vc, the Silicon Valley accelerator run by Draper’s son, Adam.

Annual fees are $9,500 and the application deadline for the upcoming September term is August 5.

Only heroes need apply. So what are you waiting for?