3 DAY STARTUP Cybersecurity
October 16 – 18TH, 2015 @ Geekdom
110 E Houston St
3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills in an extreme hands-on environment.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A 3DS PROGRAM?
Bootcamp (1-2 weeks before program date): Participants meet, get introduced to key entrepreneurship principles, and learn best practices for maximizing the 3 Day Startup program experience.
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.
The program is free but you must apply to get in. Admissions are rolling, so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I’ve been told not to share my idea. Can I ask people to sign NDAs? 3DS does not allow NDAs. The 3DS program is all about execution, not ideas.
It is somewhat common for entrepreneurs to be told by advisors and mentors not to share their ideas. In our extensive experience, we have never seen someone steal an idea and execute it. You have a better chance of being simultaneously attacked by a shark, a bear and a honey badger.
What does the weekend look like? You and the other selectees will start a technology company over the course of three days. We cater food, drinks, snacks, and coffee, pick the best ideas for a software 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 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 tech startup.
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. 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 accelerators. 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 200+ 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 entrepreneurship ecosystems. More FAQs here.
THANKS TO OUR HOST & SPONSOR
CONTACT THE LOCAL ORGANIZING TEAM
For questions about the Cybersecurity program or sponsorship inquiries, please email our lead organizer Maia at firstname.lastname@example.org
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