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.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A 3DS PROGRAM?
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.
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:
Openmidenedness - Are you open to exploring new ideas or working on an idea even if it's not your own?
Teamwork - Leadership and followership go hand-in-hand. Are you able to work well with others?
Enthusiasm - Are you generally excited about seeing projects through to the end?
Communication - Are you able to communicate your needs, provide support, and ask for help?
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.
What Participants Said.
the application period has closed 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
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
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
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.
Fall 2020 Participant Concepts
We did it! We hosted our FIRST Virtual 3 Day Startup (3DS) Event @iSPI/UIS on September 18, 19, and 20, 2020. The 3DS program is designed to engage and connect university students to experiential learning opportunities in entrepreneurship and innovation over the course of a three day startup weekend. The intended outcomes align with Innovate Springfield’s Strategic Compass goal to support students in pursuing and achieving their personal goals and to provide robust training, and other strong supports to student members of iSPI's business incubation program. 3DS served as a rich and vibrant virtual experience for those who participated.
The iSPI 3DS event included 14 students from UIS, Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL, and Mumbai University in Mumbai, India. The participants all pitched their individual concepts on day one, and teams were formed around the four leading ideas. Learn more about the four concepts below, and be on the lookout for even more great startup ideas from the 3DS @iSPI Alumni.
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