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3 Day Startup Cornell

3 Day Startup delivers intensive, hands-on entrepreneurship education programs to students at colleges and university campuses across the globe. For three days, a 3 Day Startup trained facilitator will come to your campus and guide approximately 40 cross-disciplinary students through modules that will take them from ideation and team formation to pitching developed ventures on the third day. Our model drives collaboration, creativity, and transformative change over the course of the weekend. By the end, students will have the skills they need to form teams, effectively conduct customer discovery, and develop viable, scalable ventures.

We are thankful to be supported in part by the Student Activities Funding Commission.

Apply to be a participant in Cornell’s 7th annual 3 Day Startup event; you won’t regret it.

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 9, 2018 at 4:00PM – November 11, 2018 at 9:00PM


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.

Thank You to our Past Sponsors!

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 2017 Recap

3 Day Startup Cornell 2017 was held on November 3-5th in Gates Hall. After a fun brainstorming session and many ideas pitched by some very creative individuals, 4 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 4 startups went through amazing changes throughout the weekend, from initial ideas to working prototypes and elegant pitches:



Holler is your local shoutout application that provides social media marketing solutions for small businesses. Holler aims to unite small businesses with customers in a low-cost way through social media and by providing incentives for the small business customer.


Team:  Donnie Hampton, Ben Stamm, Dhruv Baijal, Ben Liu, Aman Gupta, Zhuohan Zhu, Shruti Juneja, Bryan Scanapieco, Brendon Piccinni,
Emaad Alvi, Aram Baghdassarian


Knitwork is the go-to career guidance network that helps you discover a career path, embark on a career journey, and connect you with journey advisors. For those who want help in discovering and achieving their career goals, Knitwork is your go-to.


Team: Earl Allen Roach III, Kyra Conroy, Larissa Catellano Pucci, Eshan Dalela, Darren Liu


Greenify is the convenient way to go green. It is a mobile application that is able to prompt users to make the eco-friendly choice as it arises by tracking the individual’s and the community’s impact in terms of carbon footprint and energy savings.


Team:  Katherine Nguyen, Samuel Royce, Pippa Thomas, Will Long, Alexa Bren, Julie Jenson


Servus is a student peer-to-peer marketplace that provides a scheduling and payments platform where students provide the service. Small towns lack supply and Servus’ solution is to fill the labor gap with students.  


Team: Darren Tsai, Christina Pedro, Richard Yoon, Grace Tan, Derek Yan, Kevin Ngo, Jenna Winocur, Josh Londin

“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.”