3 Day Startup Weekend

Three Day Startup Weekend: September 24-26, 2021


The 3 Day Startup Weekend is a 72-hour learning-by-doing program that teaches entrepreneurial skills to young entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds in an extreme hands-on environment.

You will learn how to start a business by designing a business model, developing a prototype, working with expert mentors, and pitching your idea in front of a panel of esteemed entrepreneurs.

What happens at a 3DS Weekend?

Day 1: Participants arrive at 4:30PM on Friday, September 24, with or without starting ideas, and a facilitator leads the group through dedicated brainstorming and preliminary pitches. 

Day 2: Day 2 places heavy emphasis on business model generation. Teams are formed and focus on customer discovery (where they hit the streets –– or the phones –– and talk to potential customers), structured mentorship, rapid prototyping intermediate pitches, and feedback sessions.

Day 3: Continued execution (including pitch workshops) leading into final pitches/demos before a panel of mentors and investors. 

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Registration Deadline:  Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST

The program is free but you must apply to get in. 3DS is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all years, majors, and experience levels as well as UTRGV staff, faculty, and the RGV community at large. Admissions are rolling, so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating. After applying, you will be notified of your application status by Friday, September 17, 2021 by 5:00 PM CST.

This form allows you to apply to the UTRGV 3 Day Startup program hosted by the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley taking place September 24-26, 2021. 

Application closes: Wednesday, September 15 by 11:59 PM CST 

This application will take approximately 10-15 minutes to fill out.

Three Day Startup Weekend  Schedule

Application Opens - Friday, July 23

Information Session -Tuesday, September 7 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM CST via Zoom 

Application Closes - Wednesday, September 15 by 11:59 PM CST 

Notification of Participants - Friday, September 17 by 5:00 PM CST 

Program Dates: September - September 24, 25 & 26

Sunday, September 26 at 3:30pm to 8:30pm

UTRGV Center for Innovation & Commercialization 307 E. Railraod St. Weslaco, TX 78596

Event Type

Training & Development

Target Audience

Students, General Public, Staff, Faculty, Alumni



Center for Innovation and Commercialization



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