3 Day Startup was founded in 2008 at The University of Texas at Austin. Originally a student organization, 3 Day Startup is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The program has spread to schools including, Harvard, MIT, WHU, Peking University, and other top tier schools in North America, South America, Asia, and Europe.
The idea of 3 Day Startup is simple: start tech companies over the course of three days. We rent work space for an entire weekend, recruit 45 student participants from a wide range of backgrounds, cater food and drinks, and bring in top-notch entrepreneurs and investors. The participants pick the best ideas for startups during the Friday brainstorming session and deliver prototypes and investor pitches on Sunday night.
The 11,000+ 3DS alumni from our 290+ events over the past 8 years, have started over 90 companies that have collectively raised over $70 million in investment capital. In addition, 34 of our alumni companies have been accepted to accelerators such as Y Combinator, TechStars, and 500 Startups.