3 Day Startup

Crowd of students with 3 Day Startup Sign

The idea of 3 Day Startup is simple

Start a new venture over the course of three days. 3 Day Startup teaches students about the trials and triumphs of starting a business over a 72-hour period. Students are encouraged to use the weekend’s risk-free environment to work on business ideas they are passionate about and would be interested in pursuing after the program has ended. Mentors and professors from Texas A&M and the business community are available throughout the weekend to help students fine-tune their businesses.

Application process

Interested students must apply to participate in 3 Day Startup. This program is offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. Application link will be available on this site during the time period noted below. All TAMU students are eligible to participate. This program is provided at no charge to students thanks to the support of our generous sponsors.

3 Day Startup schedule

We take over Startup Aggieland for an entire weekend, cater food and drinks, and invite top-notch entrepreneurs and investors as mentors. Participants spend the first day brainstorming ideas, hearing feedback and forming teams. Day 2 is focused on customer discovery, mentorship, intermediate pitches, feedback sessions and generation of a business model. Students use Day 3 to continue to plan their business’s execution and to give final pitches and demonstrations to a panel of mentors and investors.


Accepted participants must take part in a 3 Day Startup Boot Camp where they learn key entrepreneurial principles and best practices for maximizing their experience in the program. The boot camp is scheduled the week of the 3 Day Startup event.

Important Dates for Fall 2018

  • Applications Open: Monday, October 22
  • 3DS Informational (open to all students interested): Tuesday, October 30. RSVP here.
  • Applications Close: Monday, November 5
  • 3DS Bootcamp (mandatory for those accepted): Wednesday, November 28
  • Fall 2018 3DS: Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 2


Texas A&M’s program is affiliated with 3 Day Startup, Inc., which is a non-profit that helps teams run 3 Day Startup events by providing tools, resources and consulting