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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.  



Application Deadline: October 24th – 11:59PM

The program is free but you must apply to get in. 3DS is open students of all years, majors, and experience levels. Admissions are rolling, so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating.

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3 Day Startup Creighton Unviersity, Fall 2016
When:  Friday, November 18, 2016 at 2pm until Sunday, November 20, 2016 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 20th at 7pm
Where: Harper Auditorium
Please RSVP here

Information Session 1 (Open to Public)
Where: Harper Center room 2084 at Creighton University
When: Wednesday, September 13th and 15th at 5 PM
Please RSVP here

Information Session 2 (Open to Public)
Where: Flywheel Omaha,1405 Harney St #201
When: Monday, October 7th at 3 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: Wednesday, October 17th, 2016
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 10th at  7:00 PM, followed by happy hour
This boot camp is only open to accepted participants.


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.


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

Brian Boerner at or Blake Anderson 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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