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Application Deadline: Sunday, October 11th


3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing campus workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment.


When: November 13th-15th 2015

Where: Exchange Building, Straight Shot Space

Final Pitches: Sunday, November 15th at 7pm. Heider College of Business Harper Auditorium. RSVP here


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Bootcamp (1-2 weeks before program date): Participating students meet, are 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.  



3 Day Startup Creighton Unviersity, Fall 2015 
When:  Friday, November 13, 2015 at 2pm until Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 10pm
Where: Harper Center, Home to the Heider College of Business, at Creighton University
3 Day Startup is only open to accepted participants and a small number of selected mentors.  The final pitches are open to the public.

Attend the 3 Day Startup Final Pitches (Open to Public)
When: Sunday, November 15th at 7pm
Where: Harper Auditorium
Please RSVP here

Information Session 1 (Open to Public)
Where: Harper Center room 3027 at Creighton University
When: Wednesday, September 16th at 8 PM
Please RSVP here

Information Session 2 (Open to Public)
Where: Hudl Omaha, 1013 Jones St. 
When: Monday, October 5th at 8 PM
Please RSVP here. If you need a ride, please contact at the email below, otherwise we encourage you to carpool with other participants.
The information sessions are open to anyone wishing to learn more about 3 Day Startup.

Application Deadline
When: Sunday, October 11th, 2015 
Apply below

We will contact you to schedule an interview.

Admission Decisions
When: Sunday, November 1, 2015 
You will be notified via email whether you have been accepted.

3DS Boot Camp / Happy Hour
Where: Gallup
When: November 5th at  8:00 PM, followed by happy hour
This boot camp is only open to accepted participants.


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.



What does the weekend look like? You and 39 other students will start a company over the course of three days. We rent work space for a 3 days, invite 40 students 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 MBA. 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. 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? Sleep? 3DS caters all meals, drinks, and in-between snacks. Sleep is optional. Participants can bring a sleeping bag, or they can go home to rest.

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 result in more successful startups than any other weekend entrepreneurship event. We have run 132+ programs in the US and internationally, and those have given rise to 79 companies that have cumulatively received 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, each 3 Day Startup program has generated more than one successful startup.  This includes programs in mature and nascent university entrepreneurship ecosystems. More FAQs here.





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For questions about the Creighton University program or sponsorship inquiries, please email our lead organizers

Michael Madigan at or Zak Lippert at

About Us

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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