3 DAY STARTUP SURREY
OCTOBER 19 – 21st, 2018 @ SURREY
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
3 Day Startup Surrey is open to students from Bath, Southampton, Exeter, Surrey and Bristol.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A 3DS PROGRAM?
Orientation (Monday 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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does the weekend look like? You and 49 other students will start companies over the course of three days. We rent work space for a 3 days, invite 50 students with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food, drinks, snacks, and coffee, pick the best idea for a 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, complementary 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 studying X. Should I even consider applying? The short answer is: yes. Our past participants have spanned everything from undergraduates 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? 3DS Surrey is only open to students at Universities of Bath, Surrey, Exeter, Bristol, and Southampton
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? Sleep? 3DS caters all meals, drinks, and in-between snacks. Accommodation will
be sorted if you’ve travelled to the university or if you’re from Surrey you can go home in the
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 100s of companies that have cumulatively received over $150 million in funding. 33 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.
CONTACT THE LOCAL ORGANIZING TEAM
For questions about the 3DS Surrey program or sponsorship inquiries, please email our lead organizer Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org
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