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3 Day Startup: From Ideas to Innovation

The weekend of Sept. 25, the Davidson Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative brought the national program 3 Day Startup to campus. The goal of 3 Day Startup is to "kickstart new student-run companies and build entrepreneurial capabilities in students and their university communities." Programs address themes such as social innovation, energy, culinary and international development. Our students proposed mobile apps that ranged from facilitating campus haircuts by student hairstylists to providing on-the-go discounts during lull retail hours.

Throughout the weekend students developed their ideas through a series of modules that included ideation, team formation, customer discovery, rapid prototyping and pitch workshops. CEO and Co-Founder of 3 Day Startup Cam Houser '00 said, "My co-founders and I believe that the best way to learn how to start a company is to start a company." And that's just what the students learned as they pitched their final projects to a panel of experts and received advice on next steps.