The Technology and Innovation Management Club (TIMC) at Brandeis International Business School is collaborating with 3 Day Startup to bring its global education program to New England for the first time ever. Called 3 Day Startup Brandeis, the event is designed to have students pitching their best ideas on Friday and delivering a pitch and prototype presentation to a panel of investors, entrepreneurs and professors come Sunday.
“As the event is 54 hours non-stop, highly intense and collaborative, this really tests students’ mettle to see if their passions for entrepreneurship translate into feasible business models,” says TIMC President Gautam Chauhan.
Although Brandeis might not be the first school that springs to mind when you think of entrepreneurship, Chauhan believes the University “had all the elements required to excel in entrepreneurship.” From business and computer science to social policy and the arts, students are coming from a variety of backgrounds with skill sets that help make a startup work.
Chauhan says TMC was founded to provide a collaborative atmosphere to Brandeis students interested in the tech field. With a focus on “the innovative aspects of technology and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit on campus,” this event aligns perfectly with the club’s goals.
Since being founded in 2008, the 3 Day Startup program has held 20 events on four different continents and given rise to 16 companies with a combined total of $4 million in funding. Some of the companies to come out of the program include Timehop, Hoot.Me and Famigo.
Kicking off at 2 p.m. today, participants will get the chance to receive guidance and mentorship from various professionals, including those from Bain & Company and State Street. They’ll then pitch to a panel of judges on Sunday night at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public, so if you’re curious to see what the teams created — or how sleep deprived they are — you can register here.
Chauhan says the students will walk away with an experience of three things: What it’s like to get their hands dirty starting a technology company; how to apply the lean startup methodology to bootstrap a tech startup; and how to collaborate, brainstorm and build out ideas alongside entrepreneurial-minded students from different academic disciplines.
Let’s see how many startups we can get to come out of this weekend.