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3 Day Startup, Inc. 3 Day Startup’s mission is to kickstart new student-run companies and build entrepreneurial capabilities in students and their university communities. Founded by a group of cross-disciplinary students frustrated with the unexpressed potential for startups in the university environment, the first 3DS program launched at the University of Texas in 2008. That first program gave rise to Famigo, the first of many 3DS companies to raise venture capital and reach success. The student organization incorporated as a nonprofit in 2010 and began expansion to universities across the globe. Foregoing a grant-supported model, the founders developed an earned-revenues business model–3DS charges universities, governments, and corporations to deliver programs–which allowed the organization to grow in a scalable and sustainable way while preserving mission autonomy. Running 3DS as a successful business operation keeps entrepreneurship in the organizational DNA and allows the organization to remain faithful to the philosophy of learning-by-doing.

Fellowship Program

OVERVIEW

Description

3 Day Startup’s mission is to kickstart new student-run companies and build entrepreneurial capabilities in students and their university communities. Founded by a group of cross-disciplinary students frustrated with the unexpressed potential for startups in the university environment, the first 3DS program launched at the University of Texas in 2008. That first program gave rise to Famigo, the first of many 3DS companies to raise venture capital and reach success.

The student organization incorporated as a nonprofit in 2010 and began expansion to universities across the globe. Foregoing a grant-supported model, the founders developed an earned-revenues business model–3DS charges universities, governments, and corporations to deliver programs–which allowed the organization to grow in a scalable and sustainable way while preserving mission autonomy. Running 3DS as a successful business operation keeps entrepreneurship in the organizational DNA and allows the organization to remain faithful to the philosophy of learning-by-doing.

After 130 programs across the globe, the 3DS team tunes and calibrates the program for specific ecosystem outcomes. For example, Harvard and MIT face different entrepreneurship challenges than schools surrounded by more nascent entrepreneurial ecosystems. Here are just some of challenges that can exist in university entrepreneurship settings:
-Students have trouble finding cofounders and experiences to practice the startup process
-Administrators have trouble finding credible teams for venture challenges and accelerators
-Professors lack the time and resources to develop practice-based teaching to complement in-class curriculums. Additionally, some professors use the program for theme-specific experiential entrepreneurship education: 3DS programs have addressed themes such as social entrepreneurship/innovation, big data, wearables, the travel industry, and more)
-While entrepreneurial education demand is crossing disciplinary lines, non-entrepreneurship professors often lack the experience and resources to introduce entrepreneurship
-University communities of students, faculty, and administrators experience isolation, remaining disconnected from powerful global networks of entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors

3DS provides turnkey, iteratively-proven models for experiential entrepreneurship education. Our vision is to make entrepreneurship ubiquitous at the university level and thanks to an amazing global community of students, professors and administrators, this vision is becoming a reality.

PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS

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3daystartup.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/3-Day-Startup-Program-Information-Doc.pdf

SUPPORTING VENTURES IN THESE SECTORS

  • Agriculture
  • Arts, Culture, Handicrafts
  • Civic Participation
  • Clean and Green Technology
  • Communications / Media / ICT
  • Disabilities
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Distribution / Supply Chain
  • Education
  • Employment, Livelihood, Income Generation
  • Energy
  • Enterprise Development, SME
  • Environment, Climate Change
  • Fair Trade, Organic Products
  • Financial Serv./Inclusion, Microfinance
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Health
  • Housing, Shelter, Homelessness
  • Mobile
  • Natural Resources / Conservation
  • Other
  • Peace and Security
  • Sanitation, Waste Management
  • Tech
  • Training, Technical Assistance Services
  • Water
  • Web, SaaS, Online Tech
  • Women, Girls

supporting ventures in these regions

  • Central Asia
  • Europe
  • Global
  • India
  • Latin America
  • Middle East / North Africa
  • Oceania
  • Southeast Asia
  • Subsaharan Africa
  • US, Canada

TYPES OF COMPANIES ACCEPTED

  • For Profit
  • Non-Profit