3 Day Startup logo #3DSEdin The next 3DS is on 10th – 12th November! 

3DS is designed for university students with an emphasis on learning by DOING! The idea is simple: start enterprises over the course of three days. This high-energy weekend will give you a fast track experience of turning your ideas into reality and encourages cross-disciplinary work.

All students and recent graduates (two years) from the University of Edinburgh are encouraged to apply. From any school/course/year group. This is an early stage business idea/social enterprise event, therefore, you do not need a set idea to participate. We need designers, coders, engineers, painters, marketers, you get it, ALL skills and passions!


  • Day 1 – Friday: Participants arrive at our venue for the weekend – the Outreach Centre – 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 – Saturday: 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 – Sunday: Continued execution (including pitch workshops) leading into final pitches/demos to an esteemed panel of mentors and investors. This final day will also include Demo Night – invite your friends and family to show them the results of all your hard work with networking and wine.

Applications are now closed. The next 3DS will be in March 2018.

If this is too far away then sign up for our next bootcamp!

Check out some of the excitement from last year’s 3DS:

Want to know more? Read a first-hand account from Lukas who attended the last 3DS in 2016 here. 


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