I organized 3 Day Startup Cornell, a tech entrepreneurship event focused on connecting the most talented, passionate students at Cornell and removing all barriers to creating tech startups. Cornell lacked an entrepreneurial culture in comparison to schools like Stanford, Berkeley, and MIT. I wanted to help change Cornell’s culture, get students interested in startups, and make Cornell a flagship for entrepreneurial talent. The event has continued annually, and teams have gone on to join incubators and raise seed money.
I raised over $10k; led a team of 10 students to help organize the event; built a network of mentors and advisors from NYC, Boston, SF, and LA; liaised with the 3 Day Startup nonprofit organization, and helped pick 40 participants from a pool of 150+ applicants.
3DS Cornell produced 6 awesome startups/pitches, and we had a great pool of supportive mentors and panelists, many of whom were Cornell alum.
3 Day Startup runs pre-seed acceleration events to help students turn their ideas into companies. We do this by taking students from different disciplines: computer science, MBAs, engineering, neuroscience, law, film-making, etc. and guiding them through the early stages of starting a technology company. Over one intense weekend, participants in 3DS events brainstorm ideas, conduct market validation, devise business models, build prototypes, and pitch to investors and successful entrepreneurs. The result is an experience that inspires innovation by requiring participants to actually build and launch companies.