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What is 3 Day Startup?

296 programs at 150 schools across 6 continents have launched 90 companies receiving $70 million in funding. 29 companies have been accepted to accelerators such as Y Combinator, TechStars, 500 Startups, and Capital Factory.


The idea of 3 Day Startup is simple: start a technology company over the course of three days. We reserve work space for an entire weekend, recruit 40 students with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food and drinks, invite top-notch entrepreneurs and investors, pick the best idea for a startup during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a minimal prototype by Sunday night. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend.


Passionate students with an entrepreneurial drive, including Computer Science (PhD, MS, undergraduate), MBAs, law students, graphic designers, PR, business undergraduates, etc. We are looking for strong candidates that can fill the following roles:

  • Software Engineer
  • Business (Finance, Marketing, Biz Dev)
  • Graphic Design (Web, Print)
  • Advertising, PR
  • Legal
  • Other: Wildcards, Raw Passion


Deadline to apply: Friday, October 7th, 2016

Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 at 2 p.m. until Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 at 9 p.m.


2450 Holcombe Blvd.


We know many people with great ideas who fail to execute on them for a variety of reasons: lack of time or money, no access to the right people, or not enough confidence to make the plunge. We provide all of the resources to bring an idea to life with the help of 39 other highly skilled and motivated individuals.

3 Day Startup is a great way to get the community excited about entrepreneurship and to spend an intense weekend with creative people who want to actually bring an idea to life as opposed to sitting back and listening to YATAE (yet another talk about entrepreneurship). It’s also a social and business experiment to see how much a group of passionate people can accomplish over the course of 60 hours.

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Information Sessions

Info Session 1:
Date: September 20, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Insperity Building, Room 524

Info Session 2:
Date: September 28, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Insperity Building, Room 310

3 Day Startup is only open to accepted participants and a small number of selected mentors. The final pitches are open to the public.


Deadline to apply: Friday, October 7th, 2016

Nov. 4, 2016 at 2 p.m. until
Nov. 6, 2016 at 9 p.m.


2450 Holcombe Blvd.

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Physical Address:
University Classroom & Business Building, Ste. 536
4742 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77204-6021

Mailing Address:
C. T. Bauer College of Business
Wolff Center For Entrepreneurship
4750 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77204-6021

Entrepreneurship Major Academic Advisor:
Asha Thomas
Melcher Hall, Room 262

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