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.
Countries Across 6 Continents
Accelerator and Incubator Acceptances
Companies Launched by 3DS Alumni
Million $ Raised by Alumni
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.
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.
COO CS PhD candidate, University of Wisconsin
Joel enjoys building custom race car engines and crunching data for fun.
CSO JD, University of Texas
Ruchit grew up in Saudi Arabia and is a good sport when people mispronounce his name.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Original Founder MS Computer Science, University of Texas
Thomas is ex-Google [x], cofounder at Cape Productions, and really into Teslas.
Dr. Andrew Zimbroff
Director of Research MS Mechanical Engineering at Stanford, PhD Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin
Dr. Z is a past 3DS participant, organizer, and facilitator, who bleeds Husker red as a University of Nebraska, Lincoln professor. You usually find Dr. Z crunching data, developing rural entrepreneurship curricula, or drowning in five sweatshirts attempting to survive Nebraska’s brutal blizzards.