3 DAY STARTUP USQ
14 – 16 October 2016 @ USQ Refectory, R Block, USQ, Toowoomba
3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing campus workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A 3DS PROGRAM?
Bootcamp (1 week before program date): Participating students meet, get introduced to key entrepreneurship principles, and learn best practices for maximizing the 3 Day Startup program experience.
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, hit the phones or social media, 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.
Application Deadline 30 September 2016
The program is free, but you must apply to get in. 3DS is open to all current students from all programs and experience levels. Applications are open and rolling so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does the weekend look like? You and 39 other students will start a company over the course of three days. We rent work space, invite students with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food, drinks, snacks, and coffee, pick the best idea for a startup 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 weekend? 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 become a cofounder of a wildly successful new tech startup.
I’m a student majoring in a subject other than business or technology; should I even consider applying? The short answer is: “Yes.” Our past participants have spanned everything from an undergraduate in psychology to a freshly minted PhD in Neuroscience. If you’re at all passionate about startups and technology, it is likely that you will be a valuable participant.
What kind of ideas are allowed? Ideas with scalable business models are strongly preferred. Our selection criteria for ideas are (1) your amount of passion and (2) the amount of research on your own idea that you perform.
What about food? Sleep? 3DS caters all meals, drinks, and in-between snacks. Sleep is optional.
What about accommodation if I don’t live close by to Toowoomba? So all students have the opportunity to participate, some Scholarships to attend this event will be available (subject to selection criteria.)
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 290+ programs in the US and internationally, and those have given rise to 90+ companies that have cumulatively received over $70 million in funding. 34 companies from 3DS have been accepted to accelerators such as Y Combinator, Tech Stars, 500 Startups, 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.
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