Sponsored by the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship

September 25-27, 2020 Remotely via Remo.co

3 Day Startup is a 72-hour 100% virtual workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment.


Day 1: Participants virtually log-in at 3:30PM on Friday, September 25th – with or without startup ideas – and a facilitator leads the group through dedicated brainstorming, preliminary pitches/feedback, and key entrepreneurship principles. 

Day 2: Selected ideas are announced and teams form. Day 2 places heavy emphasis on business model generation. Teams focus on customer discovery (where they hit the streets –– or the phones –– and talk to potential customers), structured mentorship, rapid prototyping, intermediate pitches and feedback sessions.

Day 3: Continued execution (including pitch workshops) leading into final pitches/demos before a virtual panel of mentors and investors. The day ends at 5PM on Sunday, September 27th.


Day 1

4:30 PM: Participants check in

5:00 PM: 3DS Introduction

5:30 PM: Ideation and Brainstorming Module

6:30 PM: Brainstorming Continues and Dinner (On Your Own)

7:00 PM: Preliminary Pitches & Feedback

8:45 PM: Finish Day 1

Day 2

8:30 AM: Breakfast (On Your Own)

9:00 AM: Participants log-in

9:15 AM: Ideas Announced and Team Formation

9:30 AM: Lean Startup

10:15 AM: Customer Discovery Module

10:35 AM: Customer Discovery Execution

1:00 PM: Lunch (On Your Own)

1:30 PM: Rapid Prototyping Module

2:00 PM: Mentorship

5:30 PM: Intermediate Pitches & Feedback

7:00 PM: Finish Day 2

Day 3

9:00 AM: Participants Arrive (On Your Own)

9:30 AM: Pitch Fundamentals Module

12:30 PM: Lunch (On Your Own)

3:00 PM: Final Pitches

4:30 PM: Networking

5:00 PM: Finish Day 3 (Program Concludes)


Registration Deadline: Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 6:00 PM EDT

The program is free but you must apply to get in. 3DS is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all years, majors, and experience levels. Admissions are rolling, so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating. After applying, you will be notified of your application status by Monday, 9/21/2020.



What does the weekend look like? You and your fellow students will start a company over the course of three days. We invite approximately 50 students with a wide range of backgrounds and give you everything you need to go from selecting an idea on day 1 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 your company –– now or ten years from now.

What is the time commitment? The program starts on Friday, September 25th at 4:30PM via a Remo.co link (details to come). Check in begins at 4:00PM. The program runs throughout the weekend and ends on Sunday, September 27th at 5:00PM. For the detailed schedule, see above.

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 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? Post Doc and Fellows are welcome to apply.

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. A coding background is not necessary to participate. At the program, we will show you how to take your idea and make it both viable and scalable.  

What about food? We will have several breaks throughout the weekend to give you time to make some food for yourself (or order takeout to support local Hanover restaurants).

I have an elevator pitch. How can I practice it? You can practice crafting your elevator pitch using our Elevator Pitch Worksheet.

What is your rate of success? First of all, You can check out some of the companies that have been started by 3 Day Startup Alumni 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 500+ programs in the US and internationally, and those have given rise to hundreds of companies that have received over $208 million in funding. 45 companies from 3DS have been accepted to accelerators such as Y Combinator, Tech Stars, 500 Startups, Capital Factory, and Dreamit Ventures. On average, most 3 Day Startup programs ––  in both mature and nascent university entrepreneurship ecosystems –– generate at least one successful startup. 



For questions about the Dartmouth College program,

please email lead organizer Sarah Morgan at magnuson.student.leadership.board@dartmouth.edu

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