3 Day Startup Cornell  

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 4th annual 3 Day Startup event; you won’t regret it.









Alec Story, Google
Guillermo de la Puente, Splash
Gizem Sakalli, Reckitt Benckiser
Deborah Streeter, Prendismo
Ken Rother, Launch New York
Brian Bauer, EIR for Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot
Nick Nickitas, Rosie
Meli James, Hawaii Venture Capital Association
Tim Novikoff, Fly Labs
Dan Storms, Originate
Baran Bagcilar, Facebook
Sohan Jain, Twitter
Michael Ryzewic, Rosie


Ali Hamed, CoVenture
Meli James, Hawaii Venture Capital Association
Nicole Camarre, Armory Square Ventures
Tim Novikoff, Fly Labs
Sohan Jain, Twitter
Dan Storms, Originate


Lead Organizer
Sue-Jean Sung ’15

Eric Appel ’16
Derek Chiang ’16
Jenifer Hu ’15
Vitchyr Pong ’16
Marisa Siergiej ’16
Max Tave ’15
Matt Tomlinson ’15

Frequently Asked Questions


Passionate students with an entrepreneurial drive, including 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 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 by Sunday night. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend.


October 24-26, 2014


Gates Hall, 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.

RSVP for Final Pitches


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 will be on producing a product/prototype over the weekend.

3DS Cornell 2013 Recap

3 Day Startup Cornell 2013 was held on November 15-17 in Sage Hall. After a fun brainstorming session, 14 ideas were pitched to the whole group. Out of these 14 ideas, 6 ideas were chosen for the weekend. Teams worked very hard throughout the weekend on customer discovery, business plan generation, prototype development, and their final pitches. Mentors from technology, law, business companies supported the participants during this process. Many people who are interested in entrepreneurship came to listen to the final presentations. There were six successful ideas and the panelists gave feedback about each idea, its future and the presentation itself. Below are two examples of startups that have come out of 3 Day Startup Cornell:

“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 cant.”