Founded by a diverse group of students that saw unexpressed potential for startups in higher education, the 3 Day Startup program debuted at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008.

The student organization incorporated as a nonprofit in 2010 and began expanding this immersive, short-format model to higher learning institutions across the globe. While early programs focused on strictly technology- and web-enabled startups, the organization has designed and delivered programs across a range of outcomes (economic development, skill-building, accelerator/competition readiness) and themes (social innovation, energy, culinary, hardware.)


Activate entrepreneurial potential in students of all kinds through experiential education and a global entrepreneurship ecosystem.


All students ignite their potential through the experience of entrepreneurship.

The Numbers



Countries Across 6 Continents

Accelerator and Incubator Acceptances

Companies Launched by 3DS Alumni

Million $ Raised by Alumni


Bart Bohn

Founding Mentor MBA, University of Texas

Bart, the former wireless director at the Austin Technology Incubator and a Techstars alumnus, started dressing like a non-engineer in the year 2013.

Cam Houser

CEO MBA, University of Texas

When he’s not in CEO-mode or teaching as a professor at the University of Texas, Cam spends his time producing rap beats and electronic dance music.

Joel Hestness

COO CS PhD candidate, University of Wisconsin

Joel enjoys building custom race car engines and crunching data for fun.

Ruchit Shah

CSO JD, University of Texas

Ruchit grew up in Saudi Arabia and is a good sport when people mispronounce his name.

Maia Donohue

Program Manager MS, Environment, University of Wisconsin

When he’s not helping students start companies, Maia writes stories and makes art of world leaders with fruit baskets on their heads.

Carlos Estrada

Program Manager BS, Engineering, University of Houston

Before joining the 3DS team, Carlos participated in the first 3DS program at the University of Houston and ran a WordPress consulting firm. He enjoys the finer things in life like traveling, a good Malbec, and a fine cigar. Pinkies up.

Alexis Taylor

Program Manager BS, Business, Creighton University

Alexis, founder of 3DS Creighton University, takes advantage of her Airline Brat status by jet-setting around the world whenever possible.

Shayna Dunitz

Program Manager BS, Strategic Communications, Ithaca College

Shayna is a transplant from New York who spends her time throwing barbells around Central Athlete, eating Voodoo donuts, and thinking about how entrepreneurship can make the world a better place.

Jackson Dyre-Borowicz

Program Manager, Enterprise BS, Biotechnology, University of Texas

Jackson is an Austin, TX native and an extreme extrovert. He’s passionate about a lot of things, however, finding creative ways to keep his cell phone battery from dying and producing professional aerial video are among his favorites.

Ben Cantey

Program Manager, Enterprise

Ben Cantey is a passionate entrepreneur who lives for learning and tinkering with the status quo. If he’s not answering emails he can usually be found at a craft brewery or out for a run. No, he doesn’t have a mustache…

Thomas Finsterbusch

Original Founder MS Computer Science, University of Texas

Thomas is ex-Google [x], cofounder at Cape Productions, and really into Teslas.

Efraim Pettersson

SE Asia Program Lead MS Software Engineering & Mathematics, MPh Sociology Lund University

After building seven successful startups (some of which hit the $B’s), when asked about humility Efraim says he is “working on it.”

Contact the 3 Day Startup Team

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