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Draper Competition Student Entrepreneurs Urged to Start-up in SoVermont

Northampton, MA April 5, 2019

The Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs helps undergraduate women seeking access to entrepreneurship opportunities, capital and networks. This year more than $100,000 in cash and scholarships was awarded at the 2019 Draper Competition at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Students from all over the region compete, including entrepreneurs from Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.

BDCC & BCRC staff attend dozens of campus and career events each year to raise awareness of opportunities + quality of life in Southern Vermont. With thousands of students in the Northampton – Amherst area alone, and over 50 colleges in or within an hour of Southern Vermont, reaching out to college students is a key part of the SoVermont regional marketing and recruitment strategy. We want college students who fall in love with the area to take seriously their opportunities to build businesses and careers here.

BDCC was on hand this year at Draper to urge young entrepreneurs to consider Southern Vermont as a great location to start and grow their businesses. Students attending the competition to cheer on friends learned about young professionals and career opportunities in the region. Student entrepreneurs learned about BDCC incubator space with below-market rent for companies striving to grow and create jobs, as well as BDCC Micro-entrepreneur lending and INSTIG8 small business support.