The 3 Day Startup (3DS) challenge is every young entrepreneur’s dream. The idea is to start a technology company over the course of three days. A group of 40 students with a wide range of backgrounds including Software Engineering, Business, Graphic Design and more have been recruited to participate in 3 Day Startup Austin, October 18–20. Food and beverages are catered in and top-notch entrepreneurs and investors are brought in to mentor the students throughout the weekend. Students will brainstorm Friday and then vote to pick the top 5–7 ideas to be developed the rest of the weekend.The program culminates in a pitch and demonstration to a panel of VCs, entrepreneurs and investors. The panel provides feedback and advice to help teams move forward past the three days.
Prototype presentations will be given Sunday evening and are open to the public at the Austin Technology Incubator. The end goal is to build up enough momentum to sustain the company after 3DS. Over the course of the weekend, students will create a business model and prototypes, make contact with potential customers and, take advantage of networking opportunities to build professional and personal relationships.
Ten McCombs BBA were recruited to compete in this weekend’s challenge. Meet some of the competitors!
Sara Bhamani – Finance ’15
Specialties: Marketing and Financial Analysis
“I applied to 3DS because I want to build a network of students who are just as passionate as me about starting their own business. By attending 3DS, I will learn how to market and validate an idea, pitch to investors, and start a business. In short, I hope to be one step closer to being an entrepreneur.”
Alan Rochard – Prospective Finance ’16
Specialties: Crypto-currencies and Digital Financial Transactions
“Ideally I’d like to get involved with a start-up interested in micro-financing ventures through the use of digital currencies. I’m also very interested in meeting and networking individuals interested in entrepreneurship and the creation of paradigm-shifting companies.”
Ima Linzag – MIS ’16
Specialties: Graphic Design and Business
“Being a part of 3DS is a great way to be able to see an idea come to life at an accelerated pace. I applied for the program with an idea in mind, and I really want to get feedback on what improvements can be made and how I could make it grow in the real world. I also hope to gain some insight and ideas just from the general atmosphere and other entrepreneurs throughout the weekend.”
Ronald Formusoh – MIS, Certificate in Computing, Dec. ’14
Specialties: Coding in Python and General Coding
“I will present one of the projects I have been working on for about a month now at 3DS and see if it gets worked on. I hope to get connected with like minded individuals who have ambitions of starting their own business. I hope to get more experience and first hand knowledge of how to get a startup going.”
Pedram Rahmanian – Consulting and Change Management major, Marketing minor, BDP Certificate in Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship – Pre-Medicine
Specialties: Lean-Startup Techniques, Rapid Validation, Design Thinking and Marketing
“I am currently working with my partner, Johnny Van on a platform aiming to simplify the home-buying process. We have been working for months validating the ideas, reshaping the vision, and aligning strategic partnerships. From 3DS we hope to find a team of technical partners that can share our passion for the project and help us bring it to life!”