September 28-30, 2018 @ Shippensburg University Conference Center 

500 Newburg Rd


3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing  workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills in an inspiring, hands-on environment.



Orientation Video: Nick from 3 Day Startup introduces key entrepreneurship principles and discusses best practices for maximizing the 3 Day Startup program experience in this Orientation Video that will be sent to accepted participants 1-2 weeks before the program.

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.  

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

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Program Schedule:

Sept 28: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Sept 29: 9:00am – 7:30pm

Sept 30: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Prizes – Participants will have the chance to win:

1 x   $200 Amazon Gift Card

3 x   $50 Sheetz Gift Cards

10 x $5 Starbucks Gift Cards


What does the program look like? You and 39 others will start a company over the course of three days. We secure work space for a 3 days, invite 40 participants with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food, drinks, snacks, and coffee, pick the best idea for a startup during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a minimal prototype by the end of day 3. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend.

If I participate, what do I get out of it? 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 tech 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 and technology, it is likely that you will be a valuable participant.

Can I apply even though I am not a student? Absolutely. While the majority may be students, we are definitely accepting non student participants.

What kind of ideas are allowed? Ideas with scalable business models are strongly preferred.  We also optimize for ideas that will require a strong software base. Our selection criteria for ideas are (1) your amount of passion and (2) the amount of research on your own idea that you perform before your interview.

What about food? Sleep? 3DS caters all meals, drinks, and in-between snacks. We should be done by 9pm on Friday, 7:30pm on Saturday night, and by 4pm on Sunday.

When does 3DS begin? 3 Day Startup Ship kicks off at 6pm on Sept 28. We’ll get started at 9am on the 29th and 30th.

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 entrepreneurship event. We have run 330+ programs in the US and internationally, and those have given rise to hundreds of companies that have cumulatively received over $159 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 entrepreneurship ecosystems. More FAQs here.


For questions about the Shippensburg program or sponsorship inquiries, please email our lead organizer, Alix Rouby –

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