3 DAY STARTUP PORTO
November 16-18, 2018 @ UPTEC, Science and Technology Park of University of Porto
3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing campus workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment.
3 DAY STARTUP
Founded by a group of cross-disciplinary students frustrated with the unexpressed potential for startups in the university environment, the initial 3 Day Startup program took place at the University of Texas in 2008. That inaugural program gave rise to Famigo, the first of many 3DS companies to raise venture capital and release a successful product. The student organization incorporated as a nonprofit in 2010 and began expansion to universities across the globe. While early programs focused on strictly technology and web-enabled startups, demand has led the team to expand the program to function across broader entrepreneurial endeavors. Schools have hosted 3DS programs focused on themes such as social innovation, energy, culinary, hardware, and more.
Foregoing a grant-supported model, the founders developed an earned-revenues strategy—3DS charges universities, governments, and corporations to deliver programs—which allowed the organization to grow in a scalable and sustainable way while preserving mission autonomy. Running 3DS as a successful business operation keeps entrepreneurship in the organizational DNA and allows the organization to remain faithful to the philosophy of learning-by-doing.
The idea is simple: start technology companies over a period of 3 days. The aim is that the winner group of motivated people gets the right pace to sustain much beyond a mere end-of-week. A lot of work, a lot of caffeine and above all, eager to learn and to launch an innovative business.
The Vision is make entrepreneurship ubiquitous at the university level. The Mission is kick start new student-run companies and build entrepreneurial capabilities in students and their university communities.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A 3DS PROGRAM?
Bootcamp (1-2 weeks before program date): Participating students meet, get introduced to key entrepreneurship principles, and learn best practices for maximizing the 3 Day Startup program experience.
Day 1: Participants arrive – 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: 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: Continued execution (including pitch workshops) leading into final pitches/demos to an esteemed panel of mentors and investors.
Application Deadline: Friday, November 2nd @ 11:59pm
The program is free. 3DS is open to grad and undergrad students of all years, majors, and experience levels. Admissions are rolling, so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating.
StartUp BUZZ is an organization dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and inspire young people to adopt a bold attitude facing a world full of opportunities. Our activity is based on six guiding principles: integrity, dedication, innovation, teamwork, transparency and trust. This organization was created by students, for students. Our members are characterized by their creativity, ambition and commitment with the projects in which they participate. Beyond that they have a deep theoretical basis and a voracious practical component, which allows them to provide inputs of great value to the community. Our main goal is to help young college students to boost their ideas and shape them to assert themselves as true business opportunities. In order for this to happen, we provide creative monitoring sessions, supported by innovative methodologies. At the same time, we organize events guided by an environment that promotes innovation and networking, in order to foster entrepreneurship within and outside the college. In these are involved our stakeholders and our contact list, which includes alumni, entrepreneurs, professionals and other academic organizations. Our commitment is to maintain, throughout our journey, a committed and irreverent attitude face to the challenges of a world on the rise. StartUp BUZZ will always be where there is someone willing to change it!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does the weekend look like? You and 39 other students will start a technology company over the course of three days. We rent work space for a 3 days, invite 40 students with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food, drinks, snacks, and coffee, pick the best idea for a software startup during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a minimal prototype by the end of day 3. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend.
If I participate, what do I get out of the weekend? The worst case scenario is that you will work with brilliant people from numerous disciplines toward the common goal of building real companies and products. Great connections happen at 3 Day Startup: cofounders meet, complementary skill sets collide, and friends are made. The best case scenario is that you will be a cofounder of a wildly successful new tech startup.
I’m a student majoring in X. Should I even consider applying? The short answer is: yes. Our past participants have spanned everything from a freshman in psychology to a freshly minted PhD in Neuroscience. If you’re at all passionate about startups and technology, it is likely that you will be a valuable participant.
Can I apply even though I am not a student? Absolutely. While the majority will be students, we are definitely open to having some (very strong) non student participants.
What kind of ideas are allowed? Ideas with scalable business models are strongly preferred. We also optimize for ideas that will require a strong software base. Our selection criteria for ideas are (1) your amount of passion and (2) the amount of research on your own idea that you perform before your interview.
What about food? Sleep? 3DS caters all meals, drinks, and in-between snacks. Sleep is optional. Participants can bring a sleeping bag, or they can go home to rest.
What is your rate of success? First of all, check out some of the companies that have been started by graduates of 3 Day Startup here. Our main metric for success is how many of our alumni found companies that take investment, generate revenue or enter incubators. It is common to hear the word “startup” get thrown around. When we say startup, we mean the real thing: companies that are making money or taking investment. Per program, 3 Day Startup result in more successful startups than any other weekend entrepreneurship event. We have run 130+ programs in the US and internationally, and those have given rise to 79 companies that have cumulatively received over $79 million in funding. 29 companies from 3DS have been accepted to accelerators such as Y Combinator, Tech Stars, 500 Startups, Capital Factory, Austin Technology Incubator and Dreamit Ventures. On average, each 3 Day Startup program has generated more than one successful startup. This includes programs in mature and nascent university entrepreneurship ecosystems. More FAQs here.
Christian TaveiraChristian Taveira (25) has an MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences, is passionate about Entrepreneurship and has dedicated the last few years supporting and helping other students and entrepreneurs developing their ideas and dreams. His path started in 2009 and since then, he made part of several national and international Organizations and has been involved in the organization of several congresses and conferences. In 2011 he joined FAP as the first responsible for the Entrepreneurship Department, organized several entrepreneurship events and participate as a speaker in a few other. He was the Chairperson of the 1st Edition of the 3 Day Startup Porto, which he considers one of the most shining moments of his work and a changing-life experience. Because of this, he continues to make the effort to attend every Edition as a Mentor. Despite his background in Healthcare, he is really fascinated for business and management and he is developing a career in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Besides that, he has been developing his own project (with the support of UPTEC) and is one of the Co-founders of DIAPOTEK, a project in the healthcare sector. In the middle of all these projects, he doesn’t forget his roots and continues supporting the projects from 3DS.
Pedro LopesPedro (19) is a very premature entrepreneur. He started his company, EcoBook, a notebook that gives you the writing experience of a whiteboard available at Fnac and Amazon, at the age of 17 and since then, he won some important awards. He is currently studying Electrical and Computers Engineering at FEUP.Pedro is passionate about entrepreneurship and he believes that if you want something, you just need to work hard to get it, that simple
Luís MarranaLuís is a regular speaker at Toastmasters and Ignite clubs. National champion speeches prepared in Portuguese. Trainer and business consultant in behavioral areas and law, he founded two companies in the field of education. He participated in the first edition of Energy initiative to Portugal, Startups Factory, promoted by Express and EDP.
Miguel MartinMiguel, graduated form ISPGAYA with a degree in Computer Engineering. He worked in a company as a front-end developer and did some web projects at the same time for himself. Last year, he joined the UPTEC’s Startups School and co-founded Atiiv, a startup that provides tools for the personal trainers to manage their work in a simple way, saving time and money. He is passionate about front-end web development and entrepreneurship. Miguel loves to help everyone getting the job done and achieving results. Due to manage some teams (in motorsport) in the past, he has experience in how to create a strong team and built a great spirit in it. He likes to spent time learning new technologis and ways to improve the work.
Pedro CostaPedro (23), graduated from FEUP with an MSc in Informatics and Computing Engineering in 2015. He founded a startup in the 3D printing area at college and took part in the UPTEC’s acceleration program. Pedro has done research in software quality and, more recently, on machine learning at INESC. Passionate about technology, in particular by artificial intelligence, is always looking to learn more and to apply knowledge to solve the world’s problems.
Jorge Félix CardosoStudent of Medicine and Philosophy, with a route marked by incursions into associations (ANEM, IFMSA). Current president of JA Alumni Portugal, a network of young entrepreneurs who participated in the Junior Achievement programs. Chief Financial Officer of Porto Biomedical Journal since June 2016, a publishing and scientific dissemination project. Participant awarded by the Ideation Week for Health program developed by Fábrica de Startups , with the company “Saúde de Bolso” His hobbies are music and photography.
Luís SimõesThe passion for people, public speaking and facilitating learning are his traction forces. The background in Computer Engineering and the experience in youth associations have developed his taste for skills development, entrepreneurship and talent management. He’s current The Operations Manager in Blip, The Soft Skills Developer in getSkilled, trainer in European Youth Organization, proud member of Toastmasters and certified coach by The International Coaching Community.
Hugo Volz OliveiraA future owner of an unprofitable but sweet chocolate factory funded by his daily job managing supply-chains and homeware brands all around the world, Hugo has been working in Hong Kong for some months developing wearable products in the Fung Academy. Born and raised in Porto, Portugal, and forever a student, Hugo loves Francesinhas, the sea, stuff and all kinds of organizations. In his first lost youth, Hugo was a sailing instructor, co-founded the oldest debating society in Portugal and presided over ShARE, a global student think-tank. In his second, he managed to find twenty five hours in his day.ity.
Fábio NevesFábio is a Consultant at EY, where he helps companies gain access to Grants and Incentives for developing their research, development and innovation projects. He is also a startup enthusiast who is constantly amazed by the transformational power of great ideas developed by great teams. During his time at StartUp BUZZ, Fábio has supported several entrepreneurial projects by providing advice on the definition of business models.
Gonçalo BacellarDegree in Information Science from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Engineering of Porto University, works as a Business Intelligence consultant at B2F company – Business Future to a year ago.In 2013/2014 participates in the Startup Programme, the Junior Achievement Portugal, which seeks to develop a business idea together with 4 colleagues. Despite failing to pass the regional stages, taste and interest in entrepreneurship was very present and joins the Junior Achievement Alumni Portugal in January 2015. In August, assumes the post of President of this association, being responsible for a national network of young entrepreneurs with over 850 members.After the mandate in JA Alumni Portugal, candidate to the position of IT Manager at JA Alumni Europe, being elected to the same position he assumed since September 2016.
Juliana Miranda MitkiewiczJulina is a candidate for PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems, co-founder of EcoEnviroX and WonderFuel, voluntary MOVE and the NGO, which promotes entrepreneurship as a way to combat poverty in developing countries. He is a person passionate about social entrepreneurship.
Fernando PeixotoFernando graduated in electrical engineering, has a master’s degree in digital image processing and also two years of doctorate in the same subject. He’s an entrepreneur and mentor at Startup Lisboa. He’s also a partner and advisor to the company he founded in 2003 (www.pixeon.com), having spent these last 13 years developing all phases of a business: incubation, business development, corporate governance structure, investment by international funds, merger, acquisition and output operation. In February this year, he moved with his family to Portugal.
Diogo OliveiraDiogo went to college at Nova School of Business and Economics, after this he started working t Deloitte as a trainee in the summer of 2014. He is the co-founder and head of strategy at Sabore Nostrum, and now is currently working at Landing.Job as a Sales Lead. He is an enthusiast about startups and loves to help companies build their tech teams.
Luis RoqueI’m addicted to knowledge and I believe that this is what brings innovation. I am fascinated by the areas of Science and Technology. I took Bachelor and Master in Industrial Engineering and Management at FEUP who helped me to structure and solve problems. After deepened the Computer Science area with a Graduate Diploma in Business Intelligence & Analytics in Porto Business School. At this point, I turned even more to technology and I’m taking a Web Application Development course. Other areas will follow. In terms of professional experience, I began my career in Sonae as Project Manager, where I was responsible for redesigning projects of the international supply chain group. Then I turned to the areas of modeling and technology and I decided to move to Parfois. I came to the area of Business Intelligence, where I am responsible for algorithms projects. At the same time I founded Huub where I am CEO, a startup focused on the areas of logistics and technology.
Sofia Monteiro is Director at Beta Capital
She holds a MSc in Finance and a BSc in Economics from University of Oporto. In 2006 she joined Beta Capital, a venture capital company focused on investiments in innovative tech based start-ups. Sofia has participated in the screening, analysis, negotiation and follow-up of several companies operating in various industry sectors. She monitors the biotechnological portfolio companies through which she developed deep cooperation with Biotechnology Park and other institutions that may generate investments opportunities to the Life Sciences Fund. Sofia has wide experience in working with start-ups and in providing close support to entrepreneurs, namely in the fields of financials and strategic issues.
Ricardo Martins CostaRicardo is passionate about business and has been involved in the development of several business ideas for the past years. Sharing his passion with others about the entrepreneurial spirit is something that has been thrilling him for a long a time. Besides being one of the founders of turnU, an innovative communication agency that develops highly customized solutions for its partners, he is also Managing Partner at DigiMark Portugal, the Portuguese branch of this leading mobile software development company. Ricardo previously worked at Impacting Group as Emailbidding’s Market Manager for Portugal and Brazil. Master in Services Engineering and Management by the University of Porto with written publications on Corporate Strategy for Digital Marketing, Ricardo has also devoted some years to volunteer causes, especially on youth’s education where he was Vice President of Junior Achievement Alumni Europe for 4 years. Junior Achievement is the World’s largest organization dedicated to entrepreneurship and world economy education. For some of this work, he has been awarded as “European Future Leader” by ThinkYoung. Besides this, Ricardo is a regular speaker and master of cerimonies in many summits about innovation and entrepreneurship all over Europe.
Maria OliveiraMaria Oliveira coordinates U.Porto Innovation, the knowledge transfer office of University of Porto. She represents the University of Porto in the technical committee of RedEmprendia, a network of 24 universities and incubators promoting responsible innovation and entrepreneurship in Ibero-America.She has more than 10 years’ experience working in technology transfer and innovation management, in Portugal and abroad. During her career she took part in the evaluation of structural funds, working for the European Commission in Brussels, the implementation of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) in a multinational in Madrid, and was manager of European RTD projects in an international innovation consulting group. She was invited fellow of the Office of Technology Development (OTD) of Boston University and during 2012 she was appointed as the Executive Director of UTEN Portugal, a component of the UT Austin|Portugal Program. She acts as an invited expert of the European Commission for the evaluation of proof of concept projects emerging from the program IDEAS of the European Research Council. Maria graduated in Zootechnical Engineering (UTAD), holds a post-graduation in the Management of Science (U.Aveiro), a MSc. in Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship (U.Porto) and an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Sloan School of Management, MIT.
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For questions about the Porto program or sponsorship inquiries, please email our lead organizer Joana Formigal at
UPTEC-R. Dr. Júlio de Matos 882, Porto, Portugal
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