3 Day Startup

In an innovative environment like the classroom, students often get great ideas. But, they may not know what to do with a good idea after they have it. That’s the gap 3 Day Startup (3DS) is trying to bridge.

3DS is a nonprofit organization aimed at helping student-run companies get off the ground. Students begin the program with an idea. They leave, three days later, with a proof of concept and a company pitch – along with a healthy dose of education.

Deep inside Microsoft's brand-new device laboratory outside Seattle, a team of highly skilled designers are working to perfect something we've all been using since grade school.

The students, from Fresher to PhD level, attained the necessary skill sets to create a business in just 72 hours through 3DS (3 Day Startup) - a US entrepreneurship programme being run in the UK for the first time as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. 3DS was brought to the UK with funding from the European Regional Development Fund’s (ERDF) Interreg IVB Open Innovation project that promotes innovating with partners by sharing risk and sharing reward. The event is part of annual Global Entrepreneurship Week, running from 18th - 24th November, the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship which plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business.


Cornell Students Pitch Startups, Brainstorm Ideas at 3DS

Aspiring Cornell entrepreneurs gathered at Sage Hall for the third annual 3-Day Startup, popularly known as 3DS. Students attending the event came from a variety of academic backgrounds and had the opportunity to present, learn about and get involved with business ideas. While the event culminates with presentations to experienced entrepreneurs who have the option of investing in the startup ideas, the main objective of 3DS is not to raise funds. “This is educational. The main purpose of this event is learning by doing,” said Gizem Sakalli, 3DS Lead Organizer.


Texas A&M students use weekend to develop business plans

For the third time since fall 2012, the Mays Business School's Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship organized a program called 3 Day Startup, which is aimed at bringing together students from different areas of study and giving them a platform for collaboration. When the students -- all of whom went through a competitive vetting process and were selected from about 150 applications -- gathered for the first time, they brainstormed a list of 12 startup business ideas that they then narrowed to the best six: AgroBazaar, Shenanigans, Simple, Next4, Worker's Well and Fresh Ease.

For the first time, The University of Texas at San Antonio will host its own "3 Day Startup," an intensive technology business startup experience. Organized by UTSA student organization Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) with support from the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE), 3DS at UTSA is designed with two specific goals in mind: kick-start new technology companies to the point where they are ready to enter business incubators or accept seed funding, and build entrepreneurial capabilities in students and the university community.


Seven Teams Presented at 3 Day Startup Austin

Seven teams, plus one dummy team, presented Sunday night at the Austin Technology Incubator after working on their projects since Friday night, often staying up until 4 a.m. and being sent out to get at least six hours of market validation. They presented before an audience and a panel comprised of Jason Seats of Techstars, Josh Kerr of Written, Jeff McMahon of Open Labs and Fred Schmidt of Capital Factory and Portalarium.

Tech Pulse catches up with Bart Bohn, Founding Mentor of 3 Day Startup. 3DS is a program which teaches college students entrepreneurial skills--not by boring lectures or long projects, but through a weekend project. Read more to learn about the history of 3DS.

Q Beck, Co-founder and CEO of Famigo, a 3DS alum company, writes about why tech companies are shying away from programming and distributing children's apps. Read more to learn about his insights into what tech companies can do in this space.


Colombian universities encourage entrepreneurs (Spanish)

Fourteen Colombian universities participated in the first 3 Day Startup Bogota. 56 students from different majors worked in their business ideas with the help of mentors. On the last day of the program each team delivered a business pitch and prototype demo.


Five Teams Pitch at 3 Day Startup San Antonio

Five teams pitched Sunday night at Geekdom at the culmination of the latest 3 Day Startup San Antonio. The teams included Menu, a software program to allow customers to easily order takeout from restaurants, MicroStoreIt.com, a matchmaking service for empty commercial warehouses and consumers, Ripcord, an iPhone app that sounds an alarm and gets help, ScriptFit, a marketplace for academic papers, and Team Me Up, a sports league organizational Facebook app.


VentureLab Launches Girl Startup

Cristal Glangchai, CEO and Founder of VentureLab, launches Girl Startup in an effort to fill the gap of women in the STEM fields. Glangchai also organizes 3 Day Startup San Antonio. “The girls who signed up for 3 Day Startup would often back out the day before,” Glangchai said in a news release. “When I asked them why, they said they were intimidated. Our programs work to provide an inviting atmosphere for girls and women."

José Alejandro Flores, Founder of VosFlips, details his experience sitting on the panel at 3 Day Startup St. Mary's hosted at Geekdom. This program was unique because participants were a pre-formed class of MBA students from the Bill Greehey School of Business.


Putting Entrepreneurship To The Test

The partnership between Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) and the US Embassy in Doha led a successful 3DS program where students from different Qatari universities participated to create their own businesses in just 60 hours.

This blogpost discusses a 3DS event where RetailMeNot, the world’s leading company providing online coupons and deals, partnered with the 3DS to host student entrepreneurs at the company’s headquarters in Austin to foster disruptive innovation in digital couponing and commerce.


Webcast: 3 Day Startup San Antonio

This is a recorded webcast of 3 Day Startup San Antonio, where on April 28, the participating teams delivered and presented their final pitches and prototypes to a panel of investors, entrepreneurs, and professors.


Inside 3DS (Part I)

Ian Panchèvre, a report for Silicon Hills News, writes about his experience at 3 Day Startup San Antonio as a participant. He shares a detailed account of the weekend, and his thoughts on participating for the first time in a 3DS.

Laura Kilcrease, a entrepreneur-in-residence at the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at The University of Texas McCombs School of Business, talks about the general shift seen in the startup ecosystem and the new opportunities available for people looking for new business opportunities in Austin. Kilcrease says, “There are a lot more tools today than there used to be... Lean startup, 3 Day Startup, and accelerators."


Bauer Business Focus: Jose Pradilla

Jose Pradilla, a student organizer of 3 Day Startup Houston, hosted by the University of Houston, talks about the details of 3DS program in a radio interview for KUHF.

SocialRest, one of the six startups that pitched at the Innotech San Antonio Beta Summit spun out of 3 Day Startup in San Antonio. SocialRest takes care of maintaining API changes on social networks so developers no longer have to redeploy their applications.


Brandeis Students Launch 5 Startups in 54 Hours

Brandeis IBS worked with the Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship and the Technology & Innovation Management Club to host the University’s second-annual 3 Day Startup event, an entrepreneurship education program designed to launch technology companies over the course of just three days. Read more for an overview of the startups that came out of the weekend.


IBS hosts 3 Day Startup for aspiring entrepreneurs

This past weekend Brandeis University hosted its second-annual 3 Day Startup, a rigorous entrepreneurial workshop that encourages student teams to brainstorm, plan and pitch new tech-based companies under a weekend time-crunch. “It’s about starting with an idea, trying to implement it, and constantly talking to the market to get feedback on whether things are going right,” said Lead Organizer Raja Roy. “It’s a 54-hour non-stop entrepreneurial extravaganza.” He noted that the school even had pillows and blankets on hand for students who needed to catch some shut-eye between marathon working sessions.

On April 4-6, the U.S. Embassy in Doha and Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar partnered to launch 3 Day Startup. During Doha's three-day entrepreneurship "boot camp," over forty students representing nearly every university in Qatar collaborated to build innovative technology start-ups for Qatari and international markets. The high energy weekend culminated with team pitches to a panel of experts and angel investors. The universities that participated in 3 Day Startup include: Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Qatar University, Drexel University, Texas A&M University at Qatar, and more.

For the first time in Qatar, 40 university students across Doha will bring an idea to life and create their own businesses in just 60 hours. This weekend, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar will host the prestigious three-day competition, 3 Day Startup. "3 Day Startup is a great way to get the community excited about entrepreneurship and to spend an intense weekend with creative people who want to actually bring an idea to life... Indeed, we are pleased that students from Carnegie Mellon will also be participating - we are hopeful that their experience will build their entrepreneurial capabilities and kick-start new student-run companies here in Qatar," professor Thomas Emerson said.

Houston students are participating in the first installment of RED Labs, a new startup accelerator that seeks to transform entrepreneurial ideas into businesses. Hesam Panahi, a clinical assistant professor at the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, created RED Labs to provide a support system for students who are passionate about starting a company. The energetic young professor sees RED Labs as a complementary program to 3 Day Startup, which he also spearheads at UH. “Bauer is serious about supporting these students in every way possible, and this is just the beginning,” he said.


The Amazing Jellybean Featured on Kickstarter

At the last 3 Day Startup San Antonio at Geekdom, Jim Pyle pitched his idea for a device that automatically reboots a modem and router called the Amazing Jellybean. While his idea was not selected as one of the ones to work on that weekend, he never gave up on the idea. In fact, he filed a patent and developed a prototype. He’s already got manufacturing set up in India and has launched a Kickstarter project which raised about $13,000 to launch the Amazing Jellybean into the marketplace. In March, PC Magazine named the Amazing Jellybean as its Kickstarter Tech Project of the Week.


OwlSquad to host 3-day student startup contest

OwlSquad, a new student organization that strives to foster the entrepreneurial culture at Rice University by empowering entrepreneurs to reach their goals, is hosting the second annual 3 Day Startup competition for Rice undergraduates, graduate students and Master of Business Administration students. "The goal is that participants form teams around ideas that they are most interested in so that they would be excited about pursuing the venture past the weekend," OwlSquad Cofounder Allison Garza said. “Several companies have been formed out of similar 3 Day Startup events, and OwlSquad’s mission is to empower and enable each team to do so.”

Brett Hurt, chairman and co-founder of consumer reviews provider Bazaarvoice, has joined a group of early-stage investors putting $775,000 behind Compare Metrics, a 3DS HomeAway alum company. Compare Metrics is offering a “Compare and Decide” technology system that gathers data from multiple sources, including how shoppers browse web sites, what they buy, what other shoppers have said in product reviews, and product details that may be stored in product databases but not typically presented to online shoppers.

Seeking to respond to industry needs and to better prepare students for meaningful, fulfilling careers, leaders of the Bill Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University’s recently overhauled the institution’s MBA program. The re-imagined degree, designed for students in both the for- and non-profit sectors, focuses on social entrepreneurship – addressing social problems with a business answer. An innovative collaboration between St. Mary’s and 3 Day Startup, funded by a grant from the 80/20 Foundation, serves as a vital element of the new MBA.

Latching on and tuning into the technology scene, three new startup accelerators are readying to take hold of the Houston market. One of them includes Red Labs at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business. “This is just one more piece of the puzzle rolling the ecosystem together,” said Hesam Panahi, founder of Red Labs and a clinical assistant professor at UH’s Bauer. Panahi is also the lead organizer for 3DS Houston.

Five of the 32 semifinalists in the South By Southwest Student Startup Madness competition are local teams from the University of Texas at Austin. One of local teams include Web game marketplace Clay.io, the creation of UT computer science student Austin Hallock. Hallock participated at 3 Day Startup Austin in the Fall of 2012.

During the 72-hour period that made up 3 Day Startup San Antonio, seven companies formed. Some pivoted. Most did market research to validate their ideas. And few of the 40 participants in the program slept. The weekend culminated with a pitch event Sunday evening in which the teams showed off all their work. Events like 3 Day Startup San Antonio actually serve as a better catalyst for igniting the city’s tech and biotech startup community than formal institutions like StarTech and BioMedSA, Weinkrantz said. “This is the space that is doing innovation not the traditional institutions that are trying to lob on to a place like this.”


HLS Conference Looks at Startups

Students from across the Boston area gathered at Harvard Law School to pool their ideas for improving education through startup companies as part of the 3 Day Startup: Entrepreneurship In Education conference this weekend. The conference, organized by Law School student Michael A. McMillin, ran from Friday through Sunday and attracted students from across the University who, by the end of the conference, came up with ideas for their own education-themed startups. McMillin said that while three days is too short a time to expect fully-fledged startups to emerge, he hopes the event encouraged attendees to think more about the entrepreneurial benefits of collaboration across the University.


Students Create Startups At Entrepreneurship Event

3 Day Startup Cornell took “the most talented engineers, designers, M.B.A. students and entrepreneurs on campus and [helped] them create startups over the course of three days,” said Najla Elmachtoub grad ’12, the lead organizer of the event.

Due to the success of last year’s 3 Day Startup Cornell event — in which two companies emerged from the ideas students pitched — the organizers decided to hold the event again this year.

Read more to learn about the companies that emerged from this event.


Aggies learn how to build a business

About 40 Aggie students loaded up on Red Bull and cheese balls and ran on little sleep over the weekend as they ventured over a 48-hour period to build a successful business from scratch. Only a few dozen Aggies out of the 200 who applied were accepted to the 3 Day Startup, which was aimed at helping students start a tech company in one weekend. These three days serve as a crash course in creating a business, during which students learn by doing rather than by following a formula from a textbook.


3 Day Startup Beijing

Students stepped up to the challenge of launching a company in 56 hours at 3 Day Startup Beijing at a joint Peking and Tsinghua University initiative, hosted by the Guanghua School of Management. Beijing 3DS successfully provided students with a “learning by doing” experience, and a platform for teams to seek feedback and mentorship from influential members of the tech startup and VC industries such as iSheng Sheng Technology, Qiming Ventures, Emay, Tencent, Yuanfen Flow, Intellectual Ventures and China Growth Capital. In total, 6 startup companies were established within three days and each business idea was refined through multiple rounds of mentor feedback, market surveys, prototype demonstrations and testing.

Spanish university students pursue their ideas during the first inaugural 3 Day Startup Madrid. They will have the opportunity to share ideas, meet other entrepreneurs, mentors and potential investors in a learning intensive sessions. The objectives of this program in Madrid are simple: "Companies that go through the event. Find good ideas and go to the next level, breaking mental barriers about starting a new business. Discovering the barriers they had thought were insurmountable, are, eliminates all excuses," says 3DS Facilitator Greg Cooper.


Madison gaming start-up PerBlue wins national recognition

PerBlue Inc., a Madison-based mobile and social gaming software start-up, is the only Wisconsin company to be named to the Empact 100 list. Justin Beck, PerBlue's co-founder and chief executive officer, will go to the White House at the end of September to receive the award. The Empact 100 list is designed to search for the country's top entrepreneurs under 30 with companies whose revenues are less than $100,000. PerBlue is a 3DS alumni company from 3 Day Startup Madison.


Ten Questions - Preeta Banerjee

Preeta Banerjee is an assistant professor of strategy at Brandeis University International Business School in the US. In this interview for Women in Business, she talks about Fulbrights, video games, and 3 Day Startup. "I hope to expand my work surrounding frugal innovation, as well as do more to help students embrace the role of innovation in their careers. This past year, I was involved in the new student-run “3-Day Startup” event, where participants had to brainstorm, research and pitch innovative businesses in the space of a weekend. My dream is that ideas like that will become more the rule than the exception in business education."


3 Day Startup: From idea to company in 36 hours

3 Day Startup, which operates as a nonprofit organization, runs programs on more than a dozen U.S. college campuses as well as at universities in eight countries including China, Germany, Israel and Chile. Companies that have come out of the program, like Hoot.me, have inspired other students to bring a 3DS to their campuses. This fall, 3DS is debuting at Harvard University, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Texas A&M University.

Austin-based 3 Day Startup has launched a new program that takes its student brainpower inside Austin companies. Last spring, HomeAway opened its downtown headquarters to 40 students, who spent a weekend creating startup businesses related to the travel industry. "For us, the benefit is having more products, more satellite companies surrounding us, because it creates a better experience for our customer," said Ross Buhrdorf, HomeAway's chief technology officer, who plans to host another 3 Day Startup event this year.

Vantageous, an iPhone and Web app slated to be released this fall, allows users to shoot and edit video feeds from multiple sources at once. 3DS Cornell alum, CEO Tim Novikoff, realized shooting a video with multiple angles was harder than it should be. Vantageous is currently looking to raise $500,000. Novikoff says that after his demo a number of investors expressed interest in the company.


Ordoro snags $1.2M to make e-commerce easier

Ordoro, a 3 Day Startup alum company, has raised $1.2 million from a European investor and a group of angels. Ordoro builds software to help streamline the pesky tasks associated with selling and shipping online merchandise. The two-year-old Austin, Texas-based company hopes to use the funding to expand its sales and marketing.


3 Day Startup brings taste of Austin to Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan, isn't exactly the first place that comes to mind when you hear the word startup.

Cam Houser is traveling 13 hours on a plane from western Texas to western Asia to help change that. The chief executive of 3 Day Startup, an Austin outfit dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs create companies, is on his way to Azerbaijan and Armenia to jump-start the tech economy there.

Houser will join the Enterprise Incubator Foundation of Armenia and CRDF Global—a nonprofit funded by several large foundations, the U.K. Ministry of Defense, and branches of the U.S. government including the Defense Department—in a startup boot camp for entrepreneurs from the region.

Last October, Nicole DeLeon attended 3 Day Startup, a weekend entrepreneurial event, in Austin with an idea for a pet boarding site.

DeLeon’s idea got picked. That weekend she developed the idea with a team of eight people and by the end, they had a demo of the site ready to go. They also changed the name from BoardMe to Embarkly.

DeLeon recently moved her company to Geekdom, a collaborative and coworking space on the 11th floor of the Weston Centre in downtown San Antonio. The company is one of the first recipients of a $25,000 equity investment from the Geekdom Fund.

Adam Dachis from Lifehacker writes about Chromemote, a Chrome extension that can control your Google TV. Chromemote came out of 3 Day Startup Houston via the University of Houston during spring 2012.

In 2006, Jason Seats, cofounded Slicehost with his college friend Matt Tanase and two years later sold it to Rackspace for millions. As a condition of the acquisition, Seats moved to San Antonio to join Rackspace until June of 2010. He considered the idea of going back to school to get his Phd in Physics, but instead he started volunteering as a mentor with 3 Day Startup San Antonio.

Since then Seats has been an active member in the startup community and is now managing director of the TechStars Cloud program at Geekdom, a collaboration and coworking space downtown.

Organized by the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business Professor Hesam Panahi, UH Bauer’s first 3DS was a 56-hour adrenaline rush that drew students from around the university — from business and communication to computer science and construction management majors. After its successful first outing, there’s hope that 3DS will become a vital cross-disciplinary exercise for UH students interested in technology and entrepreneurship.

The lack of neuron-stimulating jobs in San Antonio, as well as the exodus of homegrown intellectuals and college graduates are two topics garnering significant attention in the ongoing discussion about San Antonio’s present and future. A groundbreaking collaboration between Trinity University, Rackspace, Geekdom, TechStars, and Trinity alumnus David Morris seeks to confront those challenges with 3 Day Startup, a hands-on entrepreneurship education program in which participants start a tech company in three days.

The article interviews Trinity University Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Luz Cristal Glangchai, and Rackspace co-founder, Pat Condon, to hear about their vision for 3DS in the Alamo City.


Three Day Startup

More than 30 Rice students started their entrepreneurial engines at the university’s first Three Day Startup event, held from April 6 to 8. The students formed six teams to create and market ideas ranging from voice-activation technology to a resume-builder website. Lead Organizer Dennis Qian said, "The theme of the event was collaboration... and looking for feedback to move forward is much more effective than competing with other teams."


Sleepover Camp for Bright-Eyed Startups

An experiment by HomeAway and Austin’s 3 Day Startup could pave the way to a new kind of company incubation—one driven by speed and collaboration between big companies and very young entrepreneurs.

Last weekend, HomeAway paired with 3 Day Startup to host teams of college entrepreneurs at the vacation-rental hub’s Austin headquarters in a sort of startup sleepover. Entrepreneurs involved in the sleepover had to have plans to develop travel-focused companies.

Cam Houser, founder of 3 Day Startup, said the weekend at HomeAway was a significant change for the Austin nonprofit and that they were very interested in working with other companies to develop similar programs.


Wawadoo helps get you to places, events

For those who have been wondering why there is not a simple online system that shows events and places to visit based on an individual's likes and dislikes, Wawadoo is the solution.

Wawadoo was introduced by one of its creators, Tim Kern, a 3 Day Startup alum, Wednesday during the annual AlphaLab Demo Day. AlphaLab is a startup accelerator based in Pittsburgh.


Musicians: Look to tech startups' model to grow

This week, more than 2,000 bands come to Austin for South by Southwest events. For five days, Central Austin will boast the highest concentration of startup businesses in the world.

Bands are startup businesses? Yes, according to Isaac Barchas, Cam Houser and Robert Reeves, who share some lessons that they've learned from the tech side that might be useful to the hundreds or thousands of bands trying to break out of startup mode.

Barchas runs the Austin Technology Incubator at the IC2 Institute of UT-Austin. Houser is CEO of 3 Day Startup, a not-for-profit focused on hands-on training in innovation and entrepreneurship. Reeves, founder of Phurnace Software, now manages the Incubator's IT portfolio.


Aachen Alumni Develop New Mobility Service

Four young RWTH Aachen students developed the idea for tamyca in summer 2010. During the event 3 Day Startup ("3DS"), Michael Minis, an industrial engineer, Andreas Krüger, a software engineer, Markus Harmsen, also a software engineer, and Justus Lauten, a designer with computer science studies, came together and developed the concept and business model for tamyca. The now ten person team has won various distinctions and prizes for its business concept.


3 Day Startup: New Event Coming to New York City

3 Day Startup is an entrepreneurship education program designed for university students with an emphasis on learning by doing. The idea is simple: start tech companies over the course of three days.

Applications are now open for NYC’s first 3 Day Startup event: http://nyc.3daystartup.org/apply/

Applications are due by March 15th 2012.

When Liam Boogar of RudeBaguette first heard about 3 Day Startup Paris last September, he thought what most people probably think at first, "Oh great, another Startup Weekend knock off."

But he was pleasantly surprised to see the quality of mentors that participated during the weekend, and was impressed with a few ideas that resonated with him – enough for a weekend sprint.

There was definitely a sense that the quality of ideas created during 3DS Paris was higher than average – whether that was the application process, the high-level mentors, the enthusiasm of the participants, or just plain dumb luck – only time will tell.

Registrations are open for 3 Day Startup, an event promoted by jeKnowledge, the junior company of Universidade de Coimbra, which aims to help students transform vague ideas into successful companies in just three days.

Watch the video for more info about the program in Coimbra, Portugal.


Texas Student Entrepreneurs Give a Hoot

The University of Texas at Austin Natural Sciences students Sid Upadhyay and Gaurav Sanghani, in partnership with Business student Michael Koetting, are behind the creation of Hoot.Me, a Facebook application that allows students to collaborate on schoolwork in a variety of ways, even in subjects such as calculus with complex mathematical equations.

Koetting and Upadhyay took the idea to 3 Day Startup in Austin and after positive feedback there, the group decided to take the plan to StartupCamp3, where the idea for Hoot.Me won the competition, which was judged by Google officials and other well-known technology firms.

The next 3 Day Startup (3DS) Paris will be about collaborative consumption and the sharing economy. This event, which will be held at ESCP Europe (the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, a French Business School), could foster the movement in France and Europe. To knowledge, it is the first entrepreneurship event fully dedicated to building collaborative consumption startups in the world.

François-Xavier Fuhrmann, the event's organizer answers some more specific questions about 3 Day Startup Paris in the following interview.

In 72 hours, a group of strangers met, brainstormed ideas and then built working prototypes for six companies. The newfound entrepreneurs took part in 3 Day Startup San Antonio at Geekdom, a downtown co-working and collaborative workspace.

“This is the best one we’ve had in San Antonio by far,” said Cam Houser, one of the founders of 3DS. “The crop of ideas were really strong. The execution was just great.”

That’s impressive praise considering the last two 3DS weekends in San Antonio created at least two companies that are still running and that have received venture funding.


The Next Big Thing: 3DS Gainesville

What do you get when you lock a room full of college students in one building for three days? What could be the next big business idea? Participant, Ari Rezaei's "browser add-on" is one of many ideas coming out of 3DS, or "3 Day Startup."

These thinkers are the cream of the crop. This year, 80 applied for the 3DS event. and only 35 made the cut. They study everything from food science to law, and will develop the four best ideas that come out of the brainstorming session.

"There have been 12 3DS events around the United States and the world, and out of 12 events, 14 companies have actually come out of it and received actual seed funding," said Zack Chang, 3DS Coordinator.

The free Famigo SandBox app turns any Android phone or tablet into a kid-friendly device, granting kids access only to the apps on a phone known to be kid-friendly, as well as those that parents approve.

The app works on over 500 different devices at the moment, and is also prepared for Amazon’s Kindle Fire as soon as it launches.

Famigo was kickstarted at 3 Day Startup Austin and incubated with Austin’s Capital Factory incubator. It has six full-time employees and has raised an undisclosed amount of funding.


Can Schools Teach Entrepreneurship?

Colleges like the University of Texas at Austin aim to give students an edge on start-up success. 3 Day Startup is just one of the university’s programs fostering new ideas through intense hands-on education. Started in 2008 by three Longhorn students, 3DS began with a simple desire to explore entrepreneurship. The goal: to bring together undergraduate and graduate students from different disciplines to start a company in three days.

In the fall, Bob Metcalfe, the inventor of Ethernet and UT’s Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise, will instruct 1 Semester Startup, a class modeled after 3DS.

Gov. Rick Perry has touted UT's potential to help make Austin the "next Silicon Valley," and though the university has a long way to go to duplicate the Valley's success, it is starting to take some steps to encourage more student entrepreneurship.

It recently hired Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of the Ethernet, as a professor of innovation in the Cockrell School of Engineering. Metcalfe will teach a new class in the fall called "1 Semester Startup" with two other UT faculty members. The concept is similar to that of 3 Day Startup, which has been working to teach students those skills for nearly three years.

The Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin (UTCS) has embarked on an initiative to bring increased exposure of the entrepreneurial world to our students.

Since so many entrepreneurial ideas and start-up companies are technology based, it makes good sense for UTCS, a top-ten ranked computer science department, to support and encourage this entrepreneurial ecosystem in Austin.

Toward this goal, UTCS is one of the supporters of 3 Day Start-up (3DS), an ongoing student entrepreneurship program that takes place over three days. And in a new initiative inspired by 3DS, UTCS along with the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the McCombs School of Business will introduce “One Semester Start-up”, a semester-long program of startup acceleration starting fall 2011.


The Challenge: Start a Tech Company in 3 Days

3-Day Startup (3DS) provides the opportunity for participants to pitch viable ideas to a panel of potential investors, release a prototype and build enough momentum to sustain a startup company outside the event.

3DS provides all the resources for budding entrepreneurs to offer their idea and bring it to life. This year, four viable technology startup prototypes came out of the high intensity 3-Day Startup event.

"This is a fantastic example of the rapid growth of entrepreneurship among students on campus,” says Isaac Barchas of The Austin Technology Incubator (ATI). ATI is a nonprofit organization that harnesses local business, government and academic resources to provide strategic counsel, operational guidance and infrastructure support to its member companies.

Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit of young Spanish students is the main target of 3 Day Startup (3DS), a program that consists of launching technology companies in record time and pitching to private investors.

The event will take place on April 1-3 in Barcelona, ​​and will involve 40 students from Catalan universities, trained in disciplines such as marketing, design, business management, legal or technology.

In three years, the program has achieved great success in countries like the U.S. and Germany, in which 13 new companies have managed to raise over two million dollars and generate jobs for more than 40 people.

3 Day Startup is a unique opportunity to get together with 40 selected entrepreneurs from all kinds of backgrounds and create a tech company in just 3 days. The Maastricht Center for Entrepreneurship and 3DS founders from the US are bringing it to the Netherlands for first time from 6-8 May in Maastricht.

Hurricane Party is a free mobile app that helps friends find, share and create spontaneous parties.

The true test of Hurricane Party’s application-meets-nautural-phenomena theory will come in just a few days at SXSW. Hurricane Party may be ready for its coming out party, but the startup has been gestating since 2008 when it kicked started at 3 Day Startup Austin.

The idea only matured into a business in 2010 after being incubated at Capital Factory, an Austin accelerator program. Today, Hurricane Party has seen months of alpha testing in Austin and represents the passion of its four-man team.


3 Days of the startup

Since being formed two and a half years ago, 3 Day Startup has empowered young entrepreneurs to build tech companies through its signature event, 3DS. Just as it sounds, 3DS provides an environment for creating startups over a weekend.

The aim, 3DS’s website states, is that many will “build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend.”

So far, several 3DS alumni have done that, creating startups such as Moodfish, Perblue, Adtuititve, Famigo, Hurricane Party, MAPP and Scoop. And that success has spurred interest in replicating the event at other universities.

The RWTH Aachen University students try their hands at starting businesses in a short period of time at the recent 3 Day Startup event, where students from different disciplines come together to use their core skills to build viable products in three days.

On the final day of the investor pitches, panelist Dennis Kämker, managing partner of an internet investment firm said, "I've seen many company presentations, but they mostly consisted of companies that were six to twelve months on the market, and they were no better than what was created in these three days. That is really great."

The 3-Day Startup Challenge in Northwest Austin over the weekend gave some aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to receive money for their own startup business.

Christoph Zahn traveled from Germany to observe the event. “In Germany, entrepreneurship is not very big, unfortunately, especially for some reason around the universities. Nobody really talks about it,” Zahn said.

Zahn hopes to create an event like the 3-Day Startup Challenge in Germany.


Austin Green Business - 3 Day Startup

KVRX (91.7 FM), the student radio station for The University of Texas at Austin, interviews some of the organizers of 3 Day Startup's second annual event. The event will kick off on April 3 and go on until April 5.

Selected participants come from a wide range of backgrounds and is anyone who is passionate about creating new ventures. This includes students from disciplines like computer science, law, business, design, and advertising.

The organization predicts 1-3 companies will come out of the event after the weekend. An alumnus company last year, turn2live.com, was officially launched at SXSW 2009 at the Austin Interactive Showcase.


In the Know - 3 Day Startup

KVRX (91.7 FM), the student radio station for The University of Texas at Austin, interviews some of the organizers of 3 Day Startup's second annual event, which is bringing 40 of UT's brightest students from diverse backgrounds together with the right resources to help them start companies.

The event will be different from last year, as the organization recruited participants more specifically based on the roles necessary for company creation. This is also the first time the Austin Technology Incubator will be hosting the event. 3 Day Startup hopes to bring more events to other universities in the future.


The challenge: Start a tech company in 3 days

The event, called 3 Day Startup, is now in its second year. 3DS’ organizers are UT students and recent graduates whose aim is to give fellow students a hands-on startup experience.

The event’s participants, who are students with computer science, law and business backgrounds, will take a startup from initial concept to launched prototype, over the course of one weekend. The event starts April 3 and runs through April 5 at the Austin Technology Incubator.

Last year, the event came up with a company called turn2live.com, which was officially launched at SXSW 2009 at the Austin Interactive Showcase.