LEARN HOW TO START AND PITCH A BUSINESS IN 3 DAYS

The 3 Day Startup is an incredible 48-hour learning-by-doing, weekend workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment.

Day 1
(Friday evening)

Participants arrive (with or without startup ideas) and a facilitator leads the group through dedicated brainstorming, preliminary pitches/feedback, and team selection modules. Some teams work late into the night and others prefer to rest up in preparation for day 2.

Day 2
(Saturday)

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
(Sunday)

Continued execution (including pitch workshops) leading into final pitches/demos to an esteemed panel of mentors and investors!

What our students thought…

  • It was a great opportunity to meet up with very motivated and like-minded people, I learnt a lot from it for my business ideas and also for my future career orientation. I’m looking forward to joining similar programs like this. Thank you so much!!

    Jenny Le London Metropolitan University Student
  • It was amazing to work with fabulous people to create a pitch and business from an idea to conception.

    Tosin London Metropolitan University Student
  • Great for setting alight the entrepreneurial spirit. Highly recommend, this can be your first step. Definitely do not miss out on such an educational active, mentally challenging 3 days.

    Oksana Senior London Metropolitan University Student
  • It was an amazing weekend! I learnt so much over the weekend. I am now confident to go to pitch to the world

    Priscilla Losin London Metropolitan University Student

We want you !

We’re on the lookout for passionate students and graduates from all over the university to get involved. It doesn’t matter if you’re a hipster or a hacker, a dreamer or a doer, a bean-counter or a Branson, if you want to be an entrepreneur, or start your own business, we want you to come along and get involved.

It’s great if you have an idea for a business, but you don’t have to have one. What you do need is a desire to learn about the startup process, and a willingness to get your hands dirty.

It’s a challenging three days, but you know what they say: Pressure Makes Diamonds.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the weekend look like?

You and the other participants will start a company over the course of three days. We cater food, drinks, snacks, and coffee, pick the best ideas for a startup during the day 1 brainstorming session, and release a minimal prototype by the end of day 3. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend.

 

If I participate, what do I get out of the program?

The worst case scenario is that you will work with brilliant people from numerous disciplines and other universities toward the goal of launching real companies and products. Great connections happen at a 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 startup.

 

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?

3DS caters all meals, drinks, and in-between snacks. Sleep is optional. Participants can bring a sleeping bag, or they can go home to rest.

 

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 accelerators.  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 200+ 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 entrepreneurship ecosystems.

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