Throw a mix of 35 highly-caffeinated Brandeis International Business School students and undergraduates into one room and give them 54 hours. What they will walk out with are five functioning final products, all created from scratch—or at least that’s what happened this past weekend.
Brandeis IBS worked with the Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship and the Technology & Innovation Management Club to host the University’s second-annual 3 Day Startup event, an entrepreneurship education program designed to launch technology companies over the course of just three days.
Last year, 3 Day Startup brought its global initiative to New England for the first time, forcing students together from every corner of Brandeis IBS, including computer science, social policy and the arts. This year was no different, although the results were equally, if not more, impressive.
Students went through several brainstorming sessions Friday afternoon, later breaking into groups. Over the next two days, they were given one-on-one access to Brandeis IBS faculty and visiting entrepreneurs, as well as the opportunity to bounce their initial pitches off of local businesses.
With feedback in tow, they could get to building. Startups that sprang out of the weekend were:
- BeanSprout, a game-based mobile app that rewards eco-friendly food purchases.
- KartNav, a smartphone app that consolidates your shopping preferences onto one interface.
- Seekr, a one-stop search engine for job listings.
- Sizl, an app that helps groups make meal decisions by scheduling dinners and recommending restaurants.
- vShare, a comprehensive social networking site and sharing database that matches students with various college necessities.
Since its 2008 founding, the 3 Day Startup program has held 57 programs on four different continents and given rise to 39 companies with a combined total of $10 million in funding. Some of the companies to come out of the program include Timehop, Hoot.Me and Famigo.
Now, Brandeis students are one step closer to getting their own shot, after having been given the chance to collaborate, brainstorm and build out ideas alongside entrepreneurial-minded students from different academic disciplines.
“My prime motivation to join 3DS was to find an avenue to connect academic learning to practicality,” said MBA candidate Pooja Gandhi to Brandeis IBS. “We learn a lot of theories and ways to make presentations, so this was an avenue where we seriously sit down and think about a business, and ultimately apply that knowledge to the real world.”
To see what you might have missed—including the products—check out photos from the event below.