Founded by a diverse group of students that saw unexpressed potential for startups in higher education, the 3 Day Startup program debuted at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008.

The student organization incorporated as a nonprofit in 2010 and began expanding this immersive, short-format model to higher learning institutions across the globe. While early programs focused on strictly technology- and web-enabled startups, the organization has designed and delivered programs across a range of outcomes (economic development, skill-building, accelerator/competition readiness) and themes (social innovation, energy, culinary, hardware.)


Activate entrepreneurial potential in students of all kinds through experiential education and a global entrepreneurship ecosystem.


All students ignite their potential through the experience of entrepreneurship.

The Numbers



Countries Across 6 Continents

Accelerator and Incubator Acceptances

Companies Launched by 3DS Alumni

Million $ Raised by Alumni


Alexis J Taylor

BS, Business, Creighton University

When she’s not building bridges of innovation between communities worldwide, Alexis secretly dreams of chasing tornadoes across the Midwest.

Rakhi Agrawal

Partnership Manager
BA, Philosophy, Applied Math, Columbia University

As a former algebra teacher, Rakhi spends her free time taking online algebra quizzes for fun. She also coaches high school lacrosse, frequents Austin’s live music scene, and binge listens NPR podcasts.


Malcolm Bradford

Exchange Program Manager
BBA, Marketing, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Malcolm has a strong passion for working with entrepreneurs to bring ideas to life. In his free time, he enjoys mindfulness practices, listening to podcasts, reading, playing basketball, and spending way too much time making Spotify playlists.

Nick Chagin

Program Manager
BA, Political Science, Miami University

If Nick isn’t traveling all over the world to work with aspiring entrepreneurs, you’ll likely find him catching up on late night comedy, exercising, or singing karaoke.

Maia Donohue

Senior Program Manager
MS, Environment, University of Wisconsin

When he’s not helping students start companies, Maia writes stories and makes art of world leaders with fruit baskets on their heads.

Mitchell Ilag

Operations Associate
BA, Economics, The University of Texas at Austin

When Mitchell isn’t working to inspire students to invest in their own ideas, he is thinking of new ways non-profits can change the world so his Australian shepherd, Bailey, can live her best life.

Dr. Christina White

Director of Programs 
MED, Special Education and Training, University of Texas at Austin; EDD, Engineering Education and Curriculum Studies, Columbia University

When she’s not leading educational initiatives with design thinking, Christina’s looking for places to dive (open-water & sky), playing backgammon, soaking in all that is Austin, and strolling with her greyhound.


Dr. Andrew Zimbroff

Chair of Faculty Advisors
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford; PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Z bleeds Husker red as a University of Nebraska, Lincoln professor where he spends his days using data to develop rural entrepreneurship curricula and drowning in five sweatshirts attempting to survive Nebraska blizzards.

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