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There will be another 3DS in 2017!

3 Day Startup was back in March 2017 and this time we will be holding two of these a year!

3DS is designed for university students with an emphasis on learning by DOING! The idea is simple: start enterprises over the course of three days. This high-energy weekend will give you a fast track experience of turning your ideas into reality and encourages cross disciplinary work.

All students from the University of Edinburgh and postgraduate students from any Scottish university* are encouraged to apply. From any school/course/year group. This is an early stage business idea/social enterprise event therefore you do not need a set idea to participate. All skills are welcomed – we need designers, coders, engineers, painters, marketeers, you get it, ALL skills and passions!


  • Day 1: Friday 4:45pm – 9:30pm: Participants arrive at our venue for the weekend – the Outreach Centre – 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: Saturday 10am – 9:30pm: 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: Sunday 10am – 6:30pm: Continued execution (including pitch workshops) leading into final pitches/demos to an esteemed panel of mentors and investors. This final day will also include Demo Night – invite your friends and family to show them the results of all your hard work with networking and wine.

Check out some of the excitement from last year’s 3DS:

Want to know more? Read a first hand account from Lukas who attended the last 3DS in 2016 here. 

*Please know there are limited places for students outside of the University of Edinburgh.

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