FEBRUARY 22-25, 2019 @ College of Engineering and IT (IT building) 3rd Floor


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.


3 Day Startup Georgia Southern When: Friday, February 22th, 2019 at 4:00 pm until Sunday, February 24th, 2019 at 6:00 pm // Where: College of Engineering and Information Technology. 3 Day Startup is only open to accepted participants and a small number of selected mentors.  The final pitches are open to the public.

Attend the 3 Day Startup Final Pitches (Open to Public): Monday, February 25th – Russell Union Theater

Information Session 1 (Open to Public): TBD This information session is open to anyone wishing to learn more about 3 Day Startup.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019

Admission Decisions: February 13, 2019. You will be notified via email whether you have been accepted.

3DS Orientation / Happy Hour: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at  TBD, followed by happy hour. This orientation is only open to accepted participants.


Day 1: Participants arrive – with or without startup ideas – and a 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 building 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 mentors and investors.  



Deadline: Friday, February 8th @ 11:59pm

The program is free but you must apply to get in. 3DS is open students of all years, majors, and experience levels. Admissions are rolling, so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating.

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What does the weekend look like? You and 39 other students will start a company over the course of three days. We rent work space for a 3 days, invite 40 students with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food, drinks, snacks, and coffee, pick several startup ideas during the Friday brainstorming session, and by Sunday you and your team are pitching your idea to a panel of esteemed entrepreneurs and business owners. The goal is to build entrepreneurially minded students with the hopes that you go on to create impact in your organizations, like entrepreneurs do, or even continue working on your venture after the program!

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, complementary 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? The short answer is: yes. Our past participants have spanned everything from a freshman in psychology to a freshly minted PhD in Neuroscience. If you’re at all passionate about startups, it is likely that you will be a valuable participant.

If I am not a student how can I get involved? We’re always seeking mentors, sponsors and members for our own shark tank audience. Please email Suzanne Hallman <shallman@georgiasouthern.edu> for more information. 

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? 3DS caters all meals, drinks, and in-between snacks. Sleep is optional. Participants can bring a sleeping bag, or they can go home to rest.

What is your rate of success? First of all, check out some of the companies that have been started by graduates of 3 Day Startup here. Our main metric for success is how many of our alumni found companies that take investment, generate revenue or enter incubators.  It is common to hear the word “startup” get thrown around.   When we say startup, we mean the real thing: companies that are making money or taking investment. Per program, 3 Day Startup result in more successful startups than any other weekend entrepreneurship event. We have run 130+ programs in the US and internationally, and those have given rise to 79 companies that have cumulatively received over $79 million in funding. 29 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 has generated more than one successful startup.  This includes programs in mature and nascent university entrepreneurship ecosystems. More FAQs here.


The 3DS Georgia Southern  event is a locally organized 3 Day Startup event, and was founded by Dr. Dominique Halaby. Email the 3DS Georgia Southern team here:gsu@3daystartup.org. The team is comprised of these volunteers:

Dr. Dominique Halaby gsu@3daystartup.org
Suzanne Hallman shallman@georgiasouthern.edu
About Us

3 Day Startup’s mission is to kickstart new student-run companies and build entrepreneurial capabilities in students and their university communities. Learn More

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