October 23-25 , 2015

Location TBD 


3 Day Startup NYC is a 72-hour learning-by-doing campus workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment. The idea is simple: start tech companies over the course of three days.




Bootcamp (1 week before program date): Participating students meet, get introduced to key entrepreneurship principles, and learn best practices for maximizing the 3 Day Startup program experience.

Day 1: Participants arrive – with or without startup ideas – and a facilitator leads the group through dedicated brainstorming, preliminary pitches/feedback, and team selection modules. Some teams work late into the night and others prefer to rest up in preparation for day 2.

Day 2: Customer discovery (teams exit the building or hit the phones and talk to potential customers), structured mentorship, intermediate pitches and feedback sessions. Day 2 places heavy emphasis on business model generation.

Day 3: Continued execution (including pitch workshops) leading into final pitches/demos to an esteemed panel of mentors and investors.  


Last Day to Apply:  Friday, September 25.  An Interview Manager will contact you to schedule a phone meeting. Applications open September 1. 

Bootcamp: Saturday, October 17 : The bootcamp is only for confirmed participants.

Fall 2015 Program October 23-25: Who: 3 Day Startup is only open to accepted participants and a small number of selected mentors.

Final Pitches Sunday, October 25 from 6PM-7PM:  Who: A panel of angel investors, venture capitalists, and serial entrepreneurs will give feedback to teams.


The program is free but you must apply to get in. 3DS is open to grad and undergrad students of all years, majors, and experience levels. Applications closes Friday, September 25.

Applications Open September 1!


For questions about the New York City program or sponsorship inquiries, please email nyc@3daystartup.org or call 718-598-5294. 

3 Day Startup NYC Lead Organizer         Ailar Javadi 3 Day Startup NYC Organizer         Luke Carriere 3 Day Startup NYC Organizer        Mirjana Llana 3 Day Startup Organizer

 Desiree Frieson                     Ailar Javadi                          Luke Carriere                    Mirjana Llana


What does the weekend look like? You and 39 other participants will start a technology company over the course of three days. We rent work space for a 3 days, invite 40 participants with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food, drinks, snacks, and coffee, pick the best idea for a software startup during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a minimal prototype by the end of day 3. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend.

If I participate, what do I get out of the weekend? The worst case scenario is that you will work with brilliant people from numerous disciplines toward the common goal of building real companies and products. Great connections happen at 3 Day Startup: cofounders meet, complimentary skill sets collide, and friends are made. The best case scenario is that you will be a cofounder of a wildly successful new tech startup.

I’m a student majoring in X. Should I even consider applying? The short answer is: yes. Our past participants have spanned everything from a freshman in psychology to a freshly minted PhD in Neuroscience. If you’re at all passionate about startups and technology, it is likely that you will be a valuable participant.

Can I apply even though I am not a student? Absolutely. While the majority will be students, we are definitely open to having some (very strong) non student participants.

What kind of ideas are allowed? Ideas with scalable business models are strongly preferred.  We also optimize for ideas that will require a strong software base. Our selection criteria for ideas are (1) your amount of passion and (2) the amount of research on your own idea that you perform before your interview.

What about food? 3DS NYC caters some meals, drinks, and in-between snacks. 

What is your rate of success? First of all, check out some of the companies that have been started by graduates of 3 Day Startup here. Our main metric for success is how many of our alumni found companies that take investment, generate revenue or enter incubators.  It is common to hear the word “startup” get thrown around.   When we say startup, we mean the real thing: companies that are making money or taking investment. Per program, 3 Day Startup produces more successful startups than any other weekend entrepreneurship event. We have run 130+ programs around the world, and those have given rise to 79 companies that have collectively raised over $49 million in funding. 29 companies from 3DS have been accepted to accelerators such as Y Combinator, Tech Stars, 500 Startups, Capital Factory, Austin Technology Incubator and Dreamit Ventures. On average, every 3 Day Startup program generates more than one successful startup.  This includes programs in mature and nascent university entrepreneurship ecosystems. More FAQs here.

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3 Day Startup’s mission is to kickstart new student-run companies and build entrepreneurial capabilities in students and their university communities. Learn More

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