3 DAY STARTUP UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
MARCH 3RD – MARCH 5TH, 2017 @ UTIA Agricultural Campus
3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing program that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students and faculty in an extreme hands-on environment.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A 3DS PROGRAM?
Bootcamp (1-2 weeks before program date): Participants 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 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.
Application Deadline: Friday, February 17th!
The program is free but you must apply to get in. 3DS is open to faculty, staff, and grad and undergrad students of all years, majors, and experience levels. Admissions are rolling, so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating. You will be notified no later than September 22nd if you’ve been accepted.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does the weekend look like? You and 39 other particpants will start a company over the course of a weekend. We rent work space for a 3 days, invite 40 people 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, complimentary skill sets collide, and friends are made. The best case scenario is that you will be a cofounder of a wildly successful new tech startup.
Are there prizes or awards for winning? 3 Day Startup is not a competition, so the final pitches are not for the purpose of choosing a winner or awarding a cash prize. However, the Institute of Agriculture has $1,000 available for each team that decides to continue with their projects after the program ends.
I’m a student majoring in X. Should I even consider applying? The short answer is: yes. Our past participants have spanned everything from a freshman in psychology to a freshly minted PhD in Neuroscience. If you’re at all passionate about startups and agriculture, it is likely that you will be a valuable participant.
Can I apply even though I am not a student? Absolutely. While the majority will be students, we are definitely open to having some (very strong) nonstudent participants.
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 before your interview.
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 290+ programs in the US and internationally, and those have given rise to over 90 companies that have cumulatively received over $75 million in funding. 34 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.
THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS & SPONSORS
CONTACT THE LOCAL ORGANIZING TEAM
For questions about the 3DS UTIA program or sponsorship inquiries, please email our lead organizer Joy Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org
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