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3 Day Startup

The applicant pool is strong for the Georgia Southern third annual 3 Day Startup (3DS). The goal of the weekend-long program is for students to get their hands dirty, validate products and build prototypes in three days. Final pitches will take place in the auditorium of the IT building at 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, 2016.

3 Day Startup works by recruiting college students from a variety of different backgrounds. On Day 1 of the weekend program, the participants arrive with their most promising ideas for new companies. Some bring pre-built technology that is waiting to be commercialized, while others bring napkins with their ideas written on them. The ideas that survive make it to Day 3, on which teams demo their prototypes and pitch their companies.

Through this intensive program, 3DS participants brainstorm ideas, conduct market validation, devise business models, build prototypes and pitch to investors and successful entrepreneurs. The result is an experience that challenges participants to actually innovate, build and launch companies. The goal is to build entrepreneurial capabilities in students, build a community pipeline and kick-start new companies.

Since its inception, 3 Day Startup has hosted more than 100 programs across five continents and has launched scores of startups, collectively raising millions of dollars in funding. Dozens of 3DS startups are accepted into prestigious accelerator and incubator programs. 3DS boasts more than 5,000 alumni across 90 programs.

The event is provided at no cost to the students. The Business Innovation Group (BIG) depends on wonderful sponsors like RJ’s Seafood & Steaks, D&R Car Care and Legacy Apartments to help offset costs such as meals and other resources needed to organize the weekend.

BIG would like to extend an invitation to the community to attend the final pitches on Sunday, February 21 at 7 p.m. in the IT auditorium. Join the live audience to hear the business pitches our students work so hard on throughout the weekend.

If you’d like to get involved in this amazing event, please contact Suzanne Hallman at


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