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.
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.
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.
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.
BA, Political Science, Miami University
When Nick isn’t hustling to instill the entrepreneurial mindset in students everywhere, you can find him catching up on late night comedy, exercising, or singing karaoke.
Dr. Andrew Zimbroff
Director of Research
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford; PhD, Mechanical Engineering, UT 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.
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.
Dr. Christina White
Director of Programs
MED, Special Education and Training, UT 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.
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