3DS Springboard is an interactive 9-hour learning-by-doing workshop focused on the beginning steps of launching a company, movement or project.

Program Schedule

A 3DS facilitator, aided by student leaders from the host school, will guide the workshop audience through a series of modules to introduce and amplify key entrepreneurship mindsets and skills. 3DS Springboard will progress the student audience through four modules.

Module 1: The process of fostering product/startup idea nuggets into their broader markets and delivery methods, then filtering the most viable ideas.

Module 2: The process of validating product ideas through learning from potential customers. Emphasizes building only products associated with customer willingness to pay.

Module 3: Focused largely on software, this module covers a process and tips for identifying and quickly building the compelling functionality of a customer-testable product

Module 4: Students will learn how to architect and design attractive investor ready pitches.

*Lecture-Based Module: Some examples include, “How to Hack Your College Experience”, “Social Innovation for Emerging Entrepreneurs”,  and “Human-Centered Design”


Launch a 3DS Springboard

Participant Takeaways Beyond 3DS Springboard

Participants will be welcomed into the 3DS Global Community and will receive the following resources after the 3DS Springboard Program:

• Roadmap of how to use the core 3DS Springboard principles after the conference

• Invitation to join the 3DS global network of student entrepreneurs and work with 3DS alumni in university ecosystems in 20 countries to share best startup practices, get access to new markets, and find new mentors and investors

• Curated resource page of software tools (i.e. Balsamiq, Codecademy, Trello), students leave their 3DS experience with products and services necessary to accelerate the growth of their businesses.

• Invitation to the 3DS Global Roundup an international event that brings together alumni participants and organizers from across the world to Austin to connect, share knowledge, and engage in peer-to-peer mentorship