3DS DEN – Dartmouth Entrepreneurship

7-9 April 2017 @ DEN

3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing campus workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment.



Day 1: Participants arrive at the DEN – with or without startup ideas – and a 3DS facilitator leads the group through dedicated brainstorming, preliminary pitches/feedback, and team selection modules. Some teams work late into the night and others prefer to rest up in preparation for day 2.

Day 2: Customer discovery (teams exit the DEN or hit the phones and talk to potential customers), structured mentorship, intermediate pitches and feedback sessions. Day 2 places heavy emphasis on business model generation.

Day 3: Continued execution (including pitch workshops) leading into final pitches/demos to an esteemed panel of entrepreneurs and investors.


Registration Deadline: March 31st

If you do not attend Dartmouth you are free and welcome to register for the program. The program is free but you must register to attend.


What does the weekend look like? You and up to 39 other students will start a technology company over the course of three days. We rent work space, invite 40-50 students with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food, drinks, snacks, and coffee. But most importantly, we give you everything you need to go from selecting an idea to collaborate on during the Friday brainstorming session to presenting a minimum viable product on day 3. By the end of the program, you should have the skills, motivation, and network to move forward with you company –– now or ten years from now.

If I participate, what do I get out of the weekend? The worst case scenario is that you will work with brilliant people from numerous disciplines toward the common goal of building real companies and products. Great connections happen at 3 Day Startup: cofounders meet, complimentary skill sets collide, and friends are made. The best case scenario is that you will be a cofounder of a wildly successful new tech startup.

I’m a student majoring in X. Should I even consider applying? Yes! Our past participants span from first years to PhD candidates with backgrounds from English to engineering. Everyone is welcomed and everyone is valued. If you are passionate or curious about startups or technology, a 3DS program gives you just the push you need. And you’ll have a lot of fun along the way!

Can I apply even though I am not a student? Absolutely. While the majority will be students, we are definitely open to having some (very strong) non student participants.

What kind of ideas are allowed? All kinds of ideas are allowed. Companies in everything from chocolate, to stationary, to software have emerged from 3DS. Any idea can gain traction at a 3DS program and develop into an awesome startup. At the program, we will show you how to take your idea and make it both viable and scalable.  

What about food? Sleep? All meals, drinks, and in-between snacks are provided. Sleep is optional. 

What is your rate of success? First of all, You can check out some of the companies that have been started by graduates of 3 Day Startup here. Our primary success metrics are learning outcomes and companies launched. Per program, 3 Day Startup results in more successful startups than any other weekend entrepreneurship event. When we say startups, we mean the real thing: companies that are making money or taking investment. We have run 130+ programs in the US and internationally, and those have given rise to 90+ companies that have received over $70 million in funding. 34 companies from 3DS have been accepted to accelerators such as Y Combinator, Tech Stars, 500 Startups, Capital Factory, Austin Technology Incubator and Dreamit Ventures. On average, each 3 Day Startup program –– in both mature and nascent university entrepreneurship ecosystems –– has generated more than one successful startup. You can find more information in our FAQs here.

Directions to the DEN Innovation Center & New Venture Incubator at Dartmouth from the Dartmouth Green & Hanover Inn

4 Currier Place, Suite 107, Hanover, NH 03755

From the Dartmouth Green and Hanover Inn, head South on Main Street.

  • Turn left onto Lebanon Street (at Starbucks).
  • Shortly after passing Talbots, turn right on Currier Place (at C&A Pizza).
  • 4 Currier Place is the four-story, modern brick building on the left.
  • If you reach Dorrance Place, you’ve gone too far.

The Hanover Parking Garage will be on your right. Access to the parking garage is on Lebanon Street just before Currier Place. Please call (603) 646-8888 if you have any questions.




For questions about the DEN program or sponsorship inquiries, please email our lead organizer 

Eileen O’Toole at Eileen.O’Toole@dartmouth.edu

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July 20 – 22, 2018

Austin, TX

The Global Roundup conference brings aspiring entrepreneurs to Austin, TX for 3 days of sessions, networking, keynotes and workshops built for early stage entrepreneurs to launch their startups.

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