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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 6th annual 3 Day Startup event; you won’t regret it.

Sponsors for 2017:

We are still accepting sponsors, 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 cmt94@cornell.edu for more information.

Current Sponsors


Stuart Wang, Vispio

Shaibyaa Rajbhandari, Patuka and Utthan

Brian Schiff, RedRoute

Adam Kirsch, Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship

Simeon Videnov, LUCK Studio + Defined

Richard Wang, Anabel’s Grocery

Matthew Russo, FinTech Hackathon Champion

Julian Moraes, Open Loop

Org Team

Lead Organizer
Catherine Zhu

Anthony Ghaly
Cynthia Istanto
Dustin Liu
Adrian Lim
Conrad McCarthy
Colby Triolo

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 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


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.


NOTE: Accepted participants will be required to attend a “Bootcamp” with 3DS HQ via skype as a group on Oct. 30th

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

She Says

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

Active Citizen

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.”