March 27-29, 2020 @ FlyWheel Offices

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



Orientation (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. You will take a Gallup Ep-10 test that we will provide for you before the Bootcamp day. 

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.  




Deadline: Friday, March 20th @ 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.



3 Day Startup Creighton University, Fall 2019
When:  Friday, March 27 at 5pm until Sunday, March 29 at 6pm
Where: Flywheel Offices – 1405 Harney St #201, Omaha, NE 68102
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, March 27th at 5pm
Where: Harper Auditorium

Information Session 1 (Open to Public)
When: TBD

Application Deadline
When: Friday, March 6th @ 11:59pm
Apply above

Admission Decisions
When: TBD
You will be notified via email whether you have been accepted.

3DS Orientation / Happy Hour
Where: TBD
When: TBD
This orientation 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 startup.

I’m a student majoring in X. Should I even consider applying? 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, it is likely that you will be a valuable participant.

Can I apply even though I am not a student? No. This program is for Creighton students.

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 (joking, of course).

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 500+ programs in the US and internationally, and those have given rise to hundreds of companies that have cumulatively received over $180 million in funding. 45 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:

Jeremy Plummer at JeremyPlummer@creighton.edu or 

Noah Schalley at noahSchalley@creighton.edu

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July 10-12, 2020

Austin, TX

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