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Building a Startup the 3 Day Startup Way (Involves a lot of Caffeine)

What happens when you bring 40 aspiring entrepreneurs together over a weekend, create a space for ideas to flow, load in cases of caffeinated beverages, mix in three squares a day, and provide mentoring from some of the brightest in the business who have built successful startups? The entrepreneurial exploits of 3 Day Startup, where dreams come true and companies are conceived in a mere 50 hours. The weekend is designed with 2 specific goals in mind: kick starting new companies and building entrepreneurial capabilities for students and their university communities.

The Rackspace Startup Program loves helping startups, young professionals and students. We network with individuals across the globe with raw ideas that evolve into startups. And we were excited to be involved in the most recent fall 2011 3DS event which was held at Geekdom, San Antonio’s newest tech co-working space, and sponsored by Trinity University. Since being formed three and a half years ago, 3 Day Startup has empowered young entrepreneurs to build tech companies. Just as it sounds, 3DS provides an environment for creating startups over a weekend.

Since its inception, 3DS has held 17 events in the US and Europe which has given rise to 14 companies receiving $4 million in funding. 7 companies from 3DS have been accepted to accelerator programs including Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and Dreamit Ventures. Some notable 3DS alumni include Moodfish, Perblue, Adtuititve (acquired by Etsy in 2009), Famigo, Hurricane Party (and their latest app Forecast), wawadoo, FanDash, and Console.fm.

Learn by doing was the theme of the weekend for all of the aspiring entrepreneurs at 3DS. Creating 6 companies in the end was the by product. Take a look at the companies that were conceived over the weekend from the fall 2011 session of 3 Day Startup:

Stride Sync is a music application that integrates individual’s playlists to create a common playlist for people who work out in groups.
Renew Couture will repurpose and renew second hand clothing through a market place of student designers who will create a clothing line while raising funds for homeless initiatives and services.
Golf Average is a statistical app based analysis of historical insight into an individual’s golf game.
Spear Guard is creating an appliance that is designed to combat modern, advanced sophisticated threats that are targeting businesses through email Spear Phishing.
Approchab.ly enables conference attendees to make personal and professional connections with the help of a mobile application.
Simplingo is a browser plug-in that will cater to anyone who wants to learn a second language.

Living the 3DS dream…40 plus individuals who were broken up into 7 brainstorming groups and self-elected the final 6 ideas which came together over 3 days as true startups. The Rackspace Startup Program congratulates all of the participants and especially the people that make the magic happen. 3DS staff Cam Houser, Jeremy Guillory, Ruchit Shah and Christian Salmagne, Gabriela Lopez, Luke Carriere and Dick Hall. Cristal Glangchai from Trinity University and mentors Trey Evans, Alan Weinkrantz, Mark Robinson, Nick Longo, Pat Condon, Ryan Kelly, Todd Morey and Jason Seats.

Live your startup dream by contacting the Rackspace Startup Program today.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by John McKenna.

John McKenna loves startups and is a Space Cowboy with the Rackspace Startup Program. He also crafts customer stories and produces really cool videos for the Customer Reference Program. John enjoys telling stories through his writings…and loves the beach, the ranch, his dog Blue and most of all his three beautiful daughters.


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