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3 Day Startup is an entrepreneurship education program designed for university students with an emphasis on learning by doing.
The idea is simple: start tech companies over the course of three days.
Apply to be a participant in Cornell’s 5th annual 3 Day Startup event; you won’t regret it.


If you are a company or organization looking to support a great learning opportunity for some of the best entrepreneurial minds at Cornell University, consider becoming a sponsor of 3 Day Startup Cornell. Please contact the lead organizer, Emily Hou, at sh796@cornell.edu for more information.

entrepreneurship at cornell




Tim Novikoff, Fly Labs
Luke Carriere, Cleeng
Ken Rother, Southern Tier Innovation
Brian Bauer, Rev: Ithaca Startup Works
Michael Ryzewic, Rosie
Jason Salfi, Comet Skateboards
Ilan Filonenko, Student Mentor
Eric Appel, Student Mentor
Andrew Nesbitt, Student Mentor
Vitchyr Pong, Student Mentor



Luke Carriere
, Cleeng
Tim Novikoff
, Fly Labs
Brian Bauer, Rev: Ithaca Startup Works
Michale Ryzewic, RosieApp

Org Team

Lead Organizer
Emily Hou ’16

Marisa Siergiej ’16
Jerica Huang ’17
Dennis Fedorko ’17
Andrew Nesbitt MBA ’16

Frequently Asked Questions


Passionate students with an entrepreneurial drive, including (but certainly not limited to) Computer Science (PhD, MS, undergraduate), MBAs, law students, graphic designers, PR, business undergraduates, etc. We look for strong candidates that fill the following roles:

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


The idea of 3 Day Startup is simple: start technology companies over the course of three days. We rent work space at the beautiful Bill and Melinda Gates Hall 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 ideas for software or hardware startups during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a minimal prototype and sales pitch by Sunday night. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend.


November 6, 3:00PM – November 8, 9:00PM, 2015


Gates Hall, Campus Road, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


We know many people with great ideas, but they never pursue 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 the resources for anyone to offer their idea and bring it to life with the help of 39 other highly skilled and motivated individuals. We believe 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.
Important note: Students have full ownership of their startups! 3 Day Startup does not take any cut of equity or compromise IP in any way, shape, or form.

Applications Are Closed.
Click here for a schedule of events.

3 Common Misconceptions About 3 Day Startup

1 You need to have a team in order to apply. Teams are formed at the event.

2 You need to have an idea going into the event. It’s okay to not come up with ideas. We will have brainstorming sessions and pitch-offs to come up with ideas that will be voted on and worked on for the weekend.

3 The focus of 3DS is creating a business plan. The focus of 3DS goes beyond a business plan, it entails producing a product/prototype over the weekend.


3DS Cornell 2014 Recap

3 Day Startup Cornell 2014 was held on October 24-26 in Gates Hall. After a fun brainstorming session and many ideas pitched by some very creative individuals, 5 ideas were chosen for the weekend. Teams worked very hard throughout the 3 days on customer discovery, business plan generation, prototype development, and their final pitches. Professional mentors from technology, law, business companies and student mentors who participated at previous years supported the participants during this process. The 5 startups went through amazing changes throughout the weekend, from initial ideas to working prototypes and elegant pitches:


  • Noah Grossman (2015) pitched Ladder; Ladder is bringing the thrill of sports betting to online gaming.
  • Patrick Tan (2016) pitched Insight; Insight is developing a mobile technology platform for independent hotels that enhances guest experience, provides data analytics, and helps them remain competitive against branded hotels.
  • Tushar (Masters Info Sci 2014) pitched Lidys; Lidys is avoiding ads and making recommendations to users.
  • Garrett Lay (MBA 2016) pitched Kebo; Kebo is helping users realize what they want to eat while providing an affordable and efficient advertising channel for small businesses.


  • Jared Hoffman (2015) pitched NightRider; “share the night, meet new people.”


“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”