• Find dates that are not during exams or football games

• Learn how to book a venue on campus

• Talk to your professors about the program

• Talk to your friends or club members about working with you on organizing the program

• Expand your network by attending an entrepreneurship event and talk about the program



• Reach out to public relations coordinator at your college or university to give you insights about how to reach out to students.

• Create a list of all the email student list-serves on your campus.

• Identify a list of classes where you can give shout-outs.

• Select 3-5 student organizations on campus where you can give a presentation about 3DS.





• Map your city’s entrepreneurship ecosystem on Startup Genome

• Schedule 5 meetings with area entrepreneurs and investors to build your network and invite them to your 3DS program

• Schedule follow up emails with these entrepreneurs and investors

(The goal is to find 5-7 mentors and 3-4 panelists for your program)




• Use the Startup Genome tool to identify and contact the top 5 startups with recent deals made and with the top investors for sponsorships

• Speak with your local chamber of commerce about funds set aside for startups

• Speak with your dean about funds set aside for student-led programs

• Speak with potential local food sponsor. Many times they will donate meals for university programs.

What kind of venue should we shoot for?
The right venue is usually a large lecture hall with a projector and some nearby breakout rooms where teams can hunker down to get some work done. We recommend targeting computer science and engineering first, then going after the business school.
How do I find participants?

The following chart is a great look at how to find participants. Friends talking to friends is the most effective method, followed by email (often sent out by departments or student groups). Posting flyers is another great way, followed by doing shout outs in class.

Where do I find sponsors?
Local businesses and university departments are the right place to look. You will want to approach large companies in your region that take a particular interest in the community, as well as any company with a tech focus. Make sure to check the startup genome project.
Who should the mentors be?

Mentors are similar to panelists, but they tend to be younger (though not always).

See Mentor Guide for more information.

What’s the difference between a mentor and a panelist?

There isn’t always a lot of difference. One key difference is investors, who should always be panelists, not mentors.

See our Panelist Guide for more information.



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