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3 DAY STARTUP + Round Rock ISD

November 6th-8th, 2015 @ Capital Factory

3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to students in an extreme hands-on environment. The idea is simple: start companies over the course of 3 days.

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS AT A 3DS PROGRAM?

Bootcamp (1-2 weeks 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 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.  

   

 

 

PROGRAM DETAILS + APPLICATION

Hello, student entrepreneurs!

3 Day Startup and Round Rock ISD are delighted you’re participating in 3DS Round Rock!. We look forward to working with you over the course of Nov. 6th-8th.

Now, for some of the exciting details:

  • Our goals are simple: To help you develop your skills as an entrepreneur and to learn together! That’s right, we always learn from our participants.
  • The event will be held at Capital Factory, the most creative working space in Austin. Capital Factory is on the 16th floor of the Omni Hotel building, located at 701 Brazos Street. It’s where exciting Austin startups are being hatched every week. See www.capitalfactory.com for more details.
  • The event hours are as follows: 5p.m. to 11p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6th, 9a.m. to 7p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7th, and 9am to 6:30pm on Sunday Nov. 8th.
  • At the end of the event, all concepts will presented to a panel of judges. (Sort of like “Shark Tank” but with a lot less stress.)
  • There will be start-up mentors on hand to help you if you get stuck.

You are free to continue pursuing any idea or concept you develop during 3DS Round Rock. In a nutshell, it’s a “give-and-take” zone, where ideas are shared freely and no one is precluded from following up on them.

We look forward to seeing you at Capital Factory in November. For questions, feel free to email Ben Cantey at ben@3daystartup.com.

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What does the weekend look like? You and 39 other students will start a music based technology company over the course of two days. Hosted at Capital Factory, we invite 40 students with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food, drinks, snacks, and coffee, pick the best idea for a music based startup during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a minimal prototype by the end of day 2. 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 backgrounds 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 startup.

What kind of ideas are allowed? Ideas with scalable business models are strongly preferred.  We also optimize for ideas that will require a technology base. 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. Participants can bring a sleeping bag, or they can 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 132+ programs in the US and internationally, and those have given rise to 79 companies that have cumulatively received over $49 million in funding. 27 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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CONTACT THE LOCAL ORGANIZING TEAM

For questions about the 3DS Round Rock program or sponsorship inquiries, please email our lead organizer Ben Cantey at ben@3daystartup.org

 

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