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


Nick Chagin

Program Manager
BA, Political Science, Miami University

When Nick isn’t hustling to instill the entrepreneurial mindset in students everywhere, you can find him catching up on late night comedy, exercising, or singing karaoke.

Maia Donohue

Senior Program Manager and Conference Director
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.

Shayna Dunitz

Director of Operations
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.

Cam Houser

Founder/Chief Innovation Officer
MBA, University of Texas

When he’s not pushing 3DS forward or teaching as a professor at the University of Texas, Cam spends his time producing rap beats and electronic dance music.

Brianna Kablack

Exchange Program Manager 
BA, International Relations, George Washington University

Brianna seeks to connect students from around the world through idea sharing and innovation. She enjoys experiencing unique cultures, traveling aimlessly, and finding something to laugh about.

Alexis Taylor

BS, Business, Creighton University

When she’s not building bridges of innovation between communities worldwide, Alexis secretly dreams of chasing tornadoes across the Midwest.

Dr. Andrew Zimbroff

Director of Research 
MS Mechanical Engineering at Stanford, PhD Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin

Dr. Z bleeds Husker red as a University of Nebraska, Lincoln professor where he spends his days using data to develop rural entrepreneurship curricula and drowning in five sweatshirts attempting to survive Nebraska blizzards.

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