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 6th annual 3 Day Startup event; you won’t regret it.
Sponsors for 2017: Coming soon
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 VP of Sponsorships, Colby Triolo, at email@example.com for more information.
If interested in being a mentor
please email VP of Mentors,
Cynthia, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If interested in being a judge,
please email VP of Judges,
Conrad, at email@example.com.
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
- 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 30 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 3, 5:00PM – November 5, 9:00PM, 2017
Gates Hall, Campus Road, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Applications will open beginning of Fall 2017 semester:
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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 2016 Recap
3 Day Startup Cornell 2016 was held on November 11-13 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:
Meant to help diabetics in the developing world, OcularMD provides a powerful and affordable machine-learning based tool to detect diabetic retinopathy, a potentially blinding eye disease.
Team: Emil Soerensen, Anya Chopra, Kevin Guo
Ask For Angela
Ask For Angela is a mobile application designed to help women get out of uncomfortable situations faced while going out to bars. By simply pressing a button on the app, the bar’s staff will be alerted that the woman is in need of assistance, and will be able to locate her and help her out of the situation.
Team: Danielle Grinberg, Kate Brind, Jess Park, Jason Spector, May Zhou
Where2Park is a mobile application that helps users quickly find open parking spots closer to their destinations.
Team: Jacob Cooper, Anna-Katharina von Krauland, Colby Triolo, Imran Yasin, Madeline Winer, Brett Saviano
SheSays reveals the hidden online world of women’s health advice. We use natural language processing and machine learning to aggregate and amplify the written experiences of women.
Team: Maria Antoniak, Neel Kapse, Tapasya Kothapally, Swathi Utukuri
A response to the ideological silos created by our social networks, Active Citizen is a browser extension that provides users with differing viewpoints about the news within the Facebook interface.
Team: Andrew Semmes, Kevin Nielsen, Kyja Kutnick, Albert Casademont, Ellie Lian
“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.”