3 DAY STARTUP – Cluj-Napoca
June 9 – 11, 2017
3 Day Startup is a 54-hour learning-by-doing workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an intense hands-on environment.
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WHAT HAPPENS AT A 3DS PROGRAM?
Bootcamp (1-2 weeks before program date): Participating students 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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does the weekend look like? You and 39 other students will start a technology company over the course of three days. We rent work space for a 3 days, invite 40 students with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food, drinks, snacks, and coffee, pick the best idea 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.
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 will be students, we are definitely open to having some (very strong) 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. 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 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 weekend entrepreneurship event. We have run 130+ 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 university entrepreneurship ecosystems. More FAQs here.
MENTORS & PANELISTS
|Reyndert Coppelmans||Business Developer at Treeveo||3DS Facilitator|
|Bogdan Herea||CEO and Founder at PITECH+PLUS, Rodeapps||Mentor & Panelist|
|Adrian Lupău||CallerQ, LiveRail||Mentor|
|Jennifer Austin||Managing Director at Spherik Accelerator||Mentor|
|Ciprian Borșan||Co-Founder Harpoon & Founder at StartUp ADN||Mentor|
|Sorina Mone||Marketing Manager @ Fortech||Mentor|
|Florin Mureșan||CEO of Squirrly||Mentor|
|Marius Rus||Turnaround and Distressed Debt Investing at CIT Restructuring||Mentor|
|Marius Jumolea||CEO & General Manager at Greppy Systems, General Manager at Visually Romania||Mentor & Panelist|
|Eliade Rotariu||Owner De Klausen||Mentor|
|Cristian Dascălu||Transilvania Entrepreneurship Center, Cluj Hub||Mentor|
|Mircea Patachi||Head of Development at Evozon Systems, Co-founder at Ask’em||Mentor & Panelist|
|Robbert Visser||Co-Founder & Managing Partner at SquareOne Startups||Mentor & Panelist|
|Roxana Rugină||Youth Spark Advisor at Microsoft, Co-founder at Simplon Romania||Mentor|
|Mircea Vădan||Seed For Tech, wwwclujstartups.com||Mentor & Panelist|
|Smaranda Onuțu||Senior software developer at Fortech||Mentor|
|Alexandru Moldovan||Software Development Engineer at Fortech||Mentor|
|Gabriel Dombri||Co-founder at Startcelerate, Couture Spot||Mentor|
THANKS TO OUR HOST
Welcome to 3DS Cluj — The mission of 3 Day Startup is to build entrepreneurial capabilities and cultures on university campuses. We do this by helping teams at universities around the globe organize 3DS programs that help turn students into entrepreneurs, and connect those students with a powerful network of mentors, investors and talent. Over 3 days, participants will create:
- business models
- contact with potential customers
- lasting professional and personal relationships
3DS Cluj is a locally organized 3 Day Startup program, and it is organized through Research for Industry program developed by Romanian Institute of Science and Technology. The Research for Industry team members are Alexandru Ioan Căbuz, Medorian Gheorghiu and Elena Larion. For more information see here. Email the 3DS Cluj team here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 Day Startup, Inc. is a non-profit that helps teams run 3DS events by providing them with tools, resources and consulting. More information can be found at www.3daystartup.org, or by contacting email@example.com.
PROJECT SUPPORTED BY A GRANT FROM SWITZERLAND THROUGH THE SWISS CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENLARGED EUROPEAN UNION
CONTACT THE LOCAL ORGANIZING TEAM
For questions about the Technical University of Cluj program or sponsorship inquiries, please email our lead organizer Cristian at firstname.lastname@example.org
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