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Friday 24th – Sunday 26th March 2017

Application deadline: THIS Sunday, 12th March at midnight 

3 Day Startup is back this March 2017! 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.

The event is completely free and all meals are provided over the three days. What are you waiting for? Apply by 12th March

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. 

Don't risk missing out - apply now!

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

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