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.)


Make entrepreneurship accessible.


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


Dr. Beverly Hamilton

Interim CEO
M. Ed, College Student Development/Administration; Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, The University of Texas at Austin

Beverly is both an Aggie and Longhorn at heart. Her love for learning has led her to a doctoral degree, perfecting the chocolate chip cookie and dancing a season with Austin Samba School.

Malcolm Bradford

Director of Exchanges & Engagement                  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

Director of International Partnerships                      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.

Nick is based in Washington, D.C.


Maia Donohue

Director of College Partnerships                            MS, Environmental Studies, 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. Maia is also the author of The Startup Mentor.

Mitchell Ilag

Operations Coordinator
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

Senior Director of Education & Research                  M. Ed, Special Education, The University of Texas at Austin; Ed. D, 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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