This new learning module helps students understand and navigate the different funding channels in the startup world: from crowdfunding to VC investment. This module ensures that participants know what steps they can take to bring their venture to life.
Many programs use mentorship as a free for all, networking approach that can be overwhelming for students and frustrating for mentors. Our structured framework ensures that our participants as much mentorship as possible from as many mentors as possible.
Office Hours give participants to opportunity to have a 1-on-1 conversation with a mentor or facilitator, related to their 3DS project or a separate startup idea. These sessions help build a foundation for continuing relationships post-program.
Post-Program Mentor Relations
Finding and maintaining the right mentor is a game-changer for an early startup. 3DS Checkpoint prepares students to convert initial mentor meetings into relationships that get their startups launched.
Product- Market Fit
Students at 3 Day Startup focus on building a solution that solves a customer pain. Checkpoint takes this one step further by teaching participants how to move from Problem-Solution fit to Product-Market fit.
Students can wrongly believe that an idea or pitch is sufficient for funding. Most, however, are not ready to begin funding for some time; Checkpoint helps them understand the funding landscape and prepare for that stage.
Program Survey Assessments
3 Day Startup participants receive pre- and post-program surveys developed by our Director of Research to measure change over the course of the program through self-assessment.
Entrepreneurship experts who attend the 3DS programs evaluate student teams using a proprietary evaluation rubric that provides real-time, quantitative feedback to participants throughout the weekend.
Long-Term Alumni Success
3 Day Startup supports alumni and their ventures through an Annual Post-Program Alumni Check-In that spotlights alumni success and helps us to design follow-on materials and resources to fit alumni needs.
3DS: "The Week After"
3DS 2017 delivers content curated specifically for alumni following the program to provide further resources, continue student engagement with the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and expand their knowledge-base.
A Growing Network
The 3DS network is constantly expanding was we run new and continued programs across the globe. Alumni can tap into this network to find cofounders, mentors, and potential investors for their ventures.
The annual 3DS conference brings together past-participants, organizers, and mentors from all over the world to network and take their startup to the next level. Keynote speakers and sessions are curated for the needs and interests of attendees.