Student enterprise I 3 Day Startup I LAUNCH.ed

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Venue: Outreach Centre

3DS is designed for university students with an emphasis on learning by doing! Come along with, or without a business or social enterprise idea, join a team and startup in just three days!

This high-energy weekend will give you a fast track experience of turning your ideas into reality.

For all students and recent graduates from the University of Edinburgh. You don’t need business experience just a willingness to get involved! We need designers, coders, engineers, painters, marketers, you get it, ALL skills and passions!

Meet like-minded people at the University, learn new skills and have something to add to the CV. Learn how to test your ideas and have a go at starting up. You’ll have business advisers, mentors and 3DS ambassadors to help you along the way and walk you through each step.

3DS is one of the biggest enterprise events in the world with over 400 programmes across 6 continents and we’re the only university in Scotland to host this programme.


  • Day 1 – Friday: Be welcomed by the Edinburgh Innovations team to our home for the weekend; the Outreach Centre and meet your fellow 3DSers. Bounce around ideas and have a go at pitching. Vote for the best ideas and form a team around your favourite.
  • Day 2 – Saturday: Get in touch with potential customers, learning and adapting as you go. Test your ideas through rapid prototyping. Receive structured mentorship and feedback. This is the longest day of the weekend, but don’t worry. There’ll be plenty of coffee to keep you going!
  • Day 3 – Sunday: Perfect your pitch and delivery, pickup your personalised 3DS t-shirt and smile for a group photo. You will present your startup to a panel of distinguished judges and a small audience of entrepreneurs and special guests. Relax with a glass of wine afterwards.

Due to the nature of 3DS you will need to attend all three days, fully.

*Please note 3DS is no longer open to students from other universities. Only current students and graduates from the University of Edinburgh are eligible to apply

Check out some of the excitement from a previous 3DS:

Want to know more? Read a first-hand account from Lukas who attended a previous 3DS.

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