September 23rd-25th, 2016 @ CLIC Building

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.


Bootcamp: Participating students meet, get introduced to key entrepreneurship principles, and learn best practices for maximizing the 3 Day Startup program experience.
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Locations: CLIC Building, 574 Boston Ave., Venture Lab, Suite 104 & Grafton Campus TBD

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.
Date: Friday, September 23, 2016
Time: 5:30-10:00pm
Locations: CLIC Building, 574 Boston Ave., 4th Floor

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.
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 9:00am-10:00pm
Locations: CLIC Building, 574 Boston Ave., 4th Floor

Day 3: Continued execution (including pitch workshops) leading into final pitches/demos to an esteemed panel of mentors and investors.
Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Locations: CLIC Building, 574 Boston Ave., 4th Floor


Application Deadline Extended to September 19th

The program is free, but you must apply to get in. 3DS is open to grad and undergrad students of all years, majors, and experience levels. Admissions are rolling, so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating.

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What does the weekend look like? You and 60 other students will learn how to start a company over the course of three days. We reserve workspace for 3 days and invite students with a wide range of backgrounds to join us. We will provide lots of food, drinks, snacks, and CAFFEINE. We will work together to pick the best startup ideas during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a minimum viable product 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 become a cofounder of a wildly successful new startup.

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 technology, 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 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.

What about food? Sleep? The Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies program will all meals, drinks, and in-between snacks. Sleep is optional. While participants cannot spend the night at CLIC, some will continue to work through the night in dorm rooms and elsewhere. Others will go home to rest.

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, 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.



For questions about the Tufts program, please email our Organizers Alex Rappaport at Alex.Rappaport@tufts.edu or Shreenath Bhanderi at Shreenath.Bhanderi@tufts.edu

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