September 18, 19, & 20

Sponsored by CEFCU


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



Orientation (September 11th, 2020): Participating students meet, get introduced to key entrepreneurship principles, and learn best practices for maximizing the 3 Day Startup program experience.

Day 1: 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: Day 2 places heavy emphasis on business model generation. Teams focus on customer discovery (where they hit the streets –– or the phones –– and talk to potential customers), structured mentorship, intermediate pitches and feedback sessions.

Day 3: Continued execution (including pitch workshops) leading into final pitches/demos before a panel of mentors and investors.  

Ideal Participant


The best candidate for 3DS is someone with a desire to solve problems and is currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program. The only prerequisites are:

  1. Openmidenedness - Are you open to exploring new ideas or working on an idea even if it's not your own?

  2. Teamwork - Leadership and followership go hand-in-hand. Are you able to work well with others?

  3. Enthusiasm - Are you generally excited about seeing projects through to the end?

  4. Communication - Are you able to communicate your needs, provide support, and ask for help?

  5. Coachable - Are you able to receive feedback and apply lessons learned?

What Do Participants Get?


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, complimentary skill sets collide, and friends are made. The best case scenario is that you will be a cofounder of a wildly successful new startup.

the application is now open for the Fall 2020 cohort.



3DS will begin on September 18, 2020, at 4:00 PM and end on September 20, 2020 at 2:30 PM


September 18


4:00 PM: Participants Arrive

4:30 PM: 3DS Introduction

5:00 PM: Ideation and Brainstorming Module

6:30 PM: Preliminary Pitches & Feedback

7:30 PM: Idea Voting & Team Formation

8:00 PM: Wrap up the evening

8:30 PM: Vote for best startup concepts


September 19


9:00 AM: Welcome + intro to Lean Canvas

9:30 AM: Customer Discovery Module

10:00 AM: Customer Discovery + Execution

12:45 PM: Rapid Prototyping Module

2:00 PM: Mentorship

4:45 PM: Intermediate Pitch & Feedback


September 20


9:00 AM: Welcome to Day 3 + Pitch Fundamentals Module

12:30 PM: Tech run-throughs + pitch rehearsal

1:00 PM: Final Pitches

2:30 PM: Finish Day 3 (Program Concludes)

the fine print.


Participation: The program is free but you must apply to get in. 3DS is open to grad and undergrad students of all years, majors, and experience levels. Admissions are rolling, so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating.