Kristiansand, Norway

OCTOBER 17-19, 2019 @ Kjøita 37, 4630 Kristiansand 

3 Day Startup (3DS) is a 72-hour learning-by-doing campus workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment.

Info Session: Want to learn more about the 3DS program? There is an info session on October 3rd at 16:00pm on both Agder campuses where an American representative from 3DS will be skyping in to talk more about the 3DS program and answer any questions.

If you’re at the Kristiansand Campus, head to Seminar Room B1 007 at 16:00pm. If you’re at the Grimstad campus, head to Seminar Room C2 041.


Orientation Video (1-2 days before program): Participating watch video that introduces them to some 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.  


Application Deadline Extended: Friday, October 11 @ 4:00pm

The program is free but you must apply to get in. 3DS is open to grad and undergrad students of all years, majors, and experience levels. Admissions are rolling, so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating.



Day 1

4:00 PM: Participants Arrive

4:30 PM: 3DS Introduction

5:00 PM: Ideation and Brainstorming Module

6:00 PM: Dinner

6:30 PM: Preliminary Pitches & Feedback

7:30 PM: Idea Voting & Team Formation

8:00 PM: Lean Canvas Module

10:00 PM: Finish Day 1

Day 2

9:00 AM: Participants Arrive (Breakfast provided)

9:30 AM: Customer Discovery Module

10:00 AM: Customer Discovery Execution

1:00 PM: Lunch

1:30 PM: Rapid Prototyping Module

2:00 PM: Mentorship

7:00 PM: Intermediate Pitch & Feedback

7:30 PM: Dinner

9:00 PM: Finish Day 2

Day 3

9:00 AM: Participants Arrive (Breakfast provided)

9:30 AM: Pitch Fundamentals Module

12:30 PM: Lunch

4:00 PM: Final Pitches

5:30 PM: Networking

6:00 PM: Finish Day 3 (Program Concludes)



What does the program look like? You and your fellow students will start a company over the course of three days. We provide work space, invite approximately 40 students with a wide range of backgrounds, and provide food, drinks, snacks, and coffee. But most importantly, we give you everything you need to go from selecting an idea on day 1 to presenting a minimum viable product on day 3. By the end of the program, you should have the skills, motivation, and network to move forward with your company –– now or ten years from now.

If I participate, what do I get out of the program? 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, complimentary skill sets collide, and friends are made. The best case scenario is that you will be a cofounder of a wildly successful new startup.

I’m a student majoring in X. Should I even consider applying? Yes! Our past participants span from first years to PhD candidates with backgrounds from English to engineering. Everyone is welcomed and everyone is valued. If you are passionate or curious about startups or technology, a 3DS program gives you just the push you need. And you’ll have a lot of fun along the way!

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? All kinds of ideas are allowed. Companies in everything from chocolate, to stationary, to software have emerged from 3DS. Any idea can gain traction at a 3DS program and develop into an awesome startup. At the program, we will show you how to take your idea and make it both viable and scalable

What about food? Sleep? All meals, drinks, and in-between snacks are provided. Sleep is optional (only kidding, of course!)

What is your rate of success? First of all, You can check out some of the companies that have been started by 3 Day Startup Alumni here. Our primary success metrics are learning outcomes and companies launched. Per program, 3 Day Startup results in more successful startups than any other entrepreneurship event. When we say startups, we mean the real thing: companies that are making money or taking investment. We have run 500+ programs in the US and internationally, and those have given rise to hundreds of companies that have received over $180 million in funding. 45 companies from 3DS have been accepted to accelerators such as Y Combinator, Tech Stars, 500 Startups, Capital Factory, and Dreamit Ventures. On average, most 3 Day Startup programs ––  in both mature and nascent university entrepreneurship ecosystems –– generate at least one successful startup. 




For questions about the Agder program or sponsorship inquiries, please email our lead organizer Stian Westbye at stian.westbye@uia.no. Stian is a student mentor of the UiA Nyskaping team.

About Us

3 Day Startup’s mission is to kickstart new student-run companies and build entrepreneurial capabilities in students and their university communities. Learn More

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