@ Houston Baptist University

April 13 – April 15, 2018


3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to participants in an extreme hands-on environment. 

This program is open to all startup ideas



Friday, April 13th: 5pm – 10pm
Saturday, April 14th: 9am – 9pm
Sunday, April 15th: 1pm – 6pm


Bootcamp (4-5 days before program date): Participants meet, get introduced to key entrepreneurship principles, and learn best practices for maximizing the 3 Day Startup program experience. Bootcamp participants will brainstorm on water-related startups ideas. 

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: Customer discovery (teams exit the building or hit the phones and talk to potential customers), structured mentorship, intermediate pitches and feedback sessions. Day 2 places heavy emphasis on business model generation.

Day 3: Continued execution (including pitch workshops) leading into final pitches/demos to an esteemed panel of mentors and investors.  



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What does the program look like? You and 39 others will start a company over the course of three days. We acquire work space for a 3 days, invite 40 participants with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food, drinks, snacks, and coffee, pick the best ideas for startups during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a minimal prototype by the end of day 3. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend.

If I participate, what do I get out of the program? 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, complementary skill sets collide, and friends are made. The best case scenario is that you will be a cofounder of a wildly successful new startup.

Can I apply even though I am not a student? Absolutely. 3DS Water is not a university-based program and is welcome to all. 

What kind of ideas are allowed? Ideas with scalable business models are strongly preferred.  We prefer participants with ideas based around water and water conservation, but we are open to all ideas. 

What about food? Sleep? 3DS caters all meals, drinks, and in-between snacks. Sleep is optional. 

What is your rate of success? First of all, check out some of the companies that have been started by graduates of 3 Day Startup here. Our main metric for success is how many of our alumni found companies that take investment, generate revenue or enter incubators.  

It is common to hear the word “startup” get thrown around.   When we say startup, we mean the real thing: companies that are making money or taking investment. Per program, 3 Day Startup result in more successful startups than any other weekend entrepreneurship event. We have run 400+ programs in the US and internationally, and those have given rise to 130 companies that have cumulatively received over $157 million in funding.

33 companies from 3DS have been accepted to accelerators such as Y Combinator, Tech Stars, 500 Startups, Capital Factory, Austin Technology Incubator and Dreamit Ventures. On average, each 3 Day Startup program has generated more than one successful startup.  This includes programs in mature and nascent university entrepreneurship ecosystems. More FAQs here.

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For questions about the 3DS Water program or sponsorship inquiries, please email our lead organizer Maia Donohue at maia@3daystartup.org

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July 20 – 22, 2018

Austin, TX

The Global Roundup conference brings aspiring entrepreneurs to Austin, TX for 3 days of sessions, networking, keynotes and workshops built for early stage entrepreneurs to launch their startups.

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