Now more than ever, university students have the power to change the world in ways large and small. In partnership with Stanford’s Epicenter and the NCIIA, 3 Day Startup is proud to help students do just that with the launch of 3DS Springboard on 9 select campuses across the country during the week of April 13-19.

3DS Springboard is an interactive workshop focused on the beginning steps of launching a company or a project through on-campus innovation. Over four 90-minute sessions over one week, participants joined the 3DS team and the Epicenter Innovation Fellow leaders on their campuses to start a project, movement, or a startup.

Participating teams at each campus completed four interactive modules of 3DS Springboard to brainstorm, validate, and pitch their ideas and learnings. We are proud to present the teams that participated in the inaugural program.

Participating Teams

Furman University: Hustl, a micro-venture incubator that builds entrepreneurial ecosystems through peer-to-peer lending.

Furman University: WakeyWakey, a wellness app that uses personal health data to create a better morning experience.

University of Oregon: Eugene Cuisine, an web/mobile app to discover good eats, bars, and other local spots.

Virginia State University: Down Home Grill, an s affordable dining option that provides home cooked meals for VSU students on campus.

Virginia State University: Protection of Kids, a nonprofit organization that helps teachers provide safety standards on school campuses.

Virginia State University: EcoGreen PowerHub, a gazebo-like wifi hub that lets students charge their laptops while accessing the internet.

UW Milwaukee: PLAY, interactive workshop that promote positive learning through athletic play.

UW Milwaukee: Knote, a digital resource assistant to help you store and analyze your ideas and thoughts.

Clark Atlanta University: The Solar System, keeps your food warm from the store to your door.

NCSU Blocker Boxers, stylish and fit boxers that protect males from electromagnetic waves.

Lead Organizers


Benjamin Riddle is a Duke Scholar at Furman University where he works with the Office of the President to explore design thinking and social entrepreneurship as strategies for engaged learning. Ben has represented Furman at the HPI School of Design Thinking’s d.convestival, and brought Cannon Design, the Associated Colleges of the South, and two Furman departments together to create Design for Social Change, an interdisciplinary course that serves as a model for reinvigorating the liberal arts through design. From curating TEDx events and design workshops to facilitating fundraising campaigns, Ben creates events and experiences that connect networks to create shared value. He has also launched POP Studio – a social design studio for public works projects. He has worked with Future Partners, Project M, the Institute of Child Success and Greenville Forward, and is the founding curator of TEDxFurmanU.
Alex Francis is currently a Master’s Student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) and soon to be a PhD candidate starting in the Fall of 2014. As an engineer and research assistant, Alex tackles real world problems in the Advanced Manufacturing and Design Lab (AMDL). He also is a previous NCAA Division 1 Cross Country and Track and Field athlete for the UWM Panthers as an undergraduate student. Most importantly, Alex is an independent thinker, innovator, and entrepreneur. Alex is the founder of Isopoint Technologies LLC, a Biotechnology company focused on commercializing a patented university technology through a line of products capable of single-molecule manipulation with potential applications in cell-sorting and DNA sequencing.

Claire Sakaguchi is a senior product design student at the University of Oregon. At U and O, Claire is the current president of the Industrial Design Society of America and is a studio lead for the national organization, Design for America. On her campus, Claire is working to bridge the gaps between design and entrepreneurship to allow students to have a more holistic understanding of both disciplines. After graduating this spring, Claire hopes to use her design and entrepreneurial skills to work on projects of cross-cultural significance in order to create solutions to big world problems.

Lionel Cross Jr. is a fourth-year PhD candidate at Clark Atlanta University studying Organic Chemistry. Representing the values of the University Innovation Fellows Lionel has become focused on using his skill set to create entrepreneurial opportunities in development of the student body by encouraging innovative thought. Lionel believes that programs such as 3 Day Startup are imperative for the development of students ready for today’s economy. Student led development of the University’s ecosystem is key to a sustainable institution is the mindset that pushes Lionel in his efforts.
Knight - UIFUlysses S. Knight, III is currently pursuing his M.S. degree in Project Management at Virginia State University. Ulysses obtained his B.S. degree in Business Management with a minor in International Business from Virginia State University as well. During his undergraduate career, he studied abroad in Shanghai, China, focusing on International Business in a Chinese Market and Chinese Culture & Language. Ulysses’ extensive leadership involvement granted him the opportunity to advance innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity at Virginia State University as a University Innovation Fellow, affiliated with Stanford University and NCIIA. Currently, he is a research assistant in the Department of Engineering working with a solar panel system project to expand solar panel usage throughout the campus. Also, he is a Graduate Recruiting Assistant in the Office of Graduate Admissions. Some of his past work experiences include Economic Development, Business Development, Real Estate Development, Urban and Regional Planning, and Property Management. These experiences has given Ulysses a breadth of knowledge in multiple disciplines, allowing him to be innovative when needed. His passion is to help others realize their true potential.
CAM00293Mauricio Garcia is a student at New Mexico State University, which is located on Las Cruces, New Mexico. He is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (B.I.E.) and is currently in his junior year. Garcia is currently involved as an ergonomics engineer in the PACE International Competition, a project sponsored by GM, HP, Siemens, Oracle, etc., in alliance with other 5 universities across the world, in which they are constructing an electric personal vehicle that transforms into a light luggage case. Besides this experience, Mauricio has worked in NMSU’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department as an Engineering Lab Aide. He has also worked as an intern (financial assistant) with a company called ‘Centro para el Fortalecimiento de la Sociedad Civil AC’. Besides this work experience, Mauricio is an Student Ambassador, representing the Industrial Engineering Department at NMSU, and he has been on the Dean’s top 15% GPA list since he entered college.