November 16-18, 2018

McCoy Hall – Minifie Academic Atrium, 4th floor of McCoy Hall

3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing campus workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment.


Day 1: Participants arrive Friday, 5pm, 4th Floor McCoy Hall, Minifie Academic Atrium – with or without startup ideas. The program launches promptly at 5:30pm, a 3DS facilitator leads the group through dedicated brainstorming, preliminary pitches/feedback, and team selection modules. The participants will vote on the ideas pitched during preliminary pitches to focus on for the remainder of the weekend. Not all ideas will be chosen, but the skills gained during the program will help and guide participants in their own ventures after the weekend. On the first day, some teams work late into the night and others prefer to rest up in preparation for day 2.  

Day 2: Customer discovery (teams exit the building or hit the phones and talk to potential customers), structured mentorship, intermediate pitches and feedback sessions. Day 2 places heavy emphasis on business model generation.

Day 3: Continued execution (including pitch workshops) leading into final pitches/demos to an esteemed panel of mentors and investors.  Presentations are Sunday, 3pm in McCoy Hall 233. The programs concludes at 5:30pm.

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Deadline is Friday, November 2nd @ 11:59pm

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What does the weekend look like? You and 59 other students from different backgrounds and disciplines will start a company over the course of three days. Participants pick the best ideas for a startup during the Friday brainstorming session, and design and deliver a pitch by the end of day 3. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the companies beyond the weekend. All food will be provided for the duration of the weekend.

If I participate, what do I get out of the weekend? The worst case scenario is that you will work with brilliant people from numerous disciplines toward the common goal of building real companies and products. Great connections happen at 3 Day Startup: cofounders meet, complementary skill sets collide, and friends are made. The best case scenario is that you will be a cofounder of a wildly successful new tech startup.

I’m a student majoring in X. Should I even consider applying? The short answer is: yes. Our past participants have spanned everything from a freshman in psychology to a freshly minted PhD in Neuroscience. If you’re at all passionate about startups and technology, it is likely that you will be a valuable participant.

Can I apply even though I am not a student? Absolutely. While the majority will be students, we are definitely open to having some (very strong) non student participants.

What kind of ideas are allowed? Ideas with scalable business models are strongly preferred.  We also optimize for ideas that will require a strong software base. Our selection criteria for ideas are (1) your amount of passion and (2) the amount of research on your own idea that you perform before your interview.

What about food? Sleep?  All meals, drinks, and in-between snacks are provided. Sleep is optional.

What is your rate of success? First of all, check out some of the companies that have been started by graduates of 3 Day Startup here. Our main metric for success is how many of our alumni found companies that take investment, generate revenue or enter incubators.  It is common to hear the word “startup” get thrown around.   When we say startup, we mean the real thing: companies that are making money or taking investment. Per program, 3 Day Startup result in more successful startups than any other weekend entrepreneurship event. We have run 130+ programs in the US and internationally, and those have given rise to 79 companies that have cumulatively received over $79 million in funding. 29 companies from 3DS have been accepted to accelerators such as Y Combinator, Tech Stars, 500 Startups, Capital Factory, Austin Technology Incubator and Dreamit Ventures. On average, each 3 Day Startup program has generated more than one successful startup.  This includes programs in mature and nascent university entrepreneurship ecosystems. More FAQs here.



For questions about the Texas State program or sponsorship inquiries, please email our lead organizer David Cameron at dc50@txstate.edu

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