Jason Davis is a an entrepreneur, data scientist, and cofounder of NYC based startup Radico. Radico provides data, analytics, and advertising services to online marketplaces. Prior to Radico, Jason founded the venture-backed startup Adtuitive acquired by Etsy in 2009. Adtuitive provided simple, automated, and effective ads for online retailers. Post acquisition, Jason managed several teams at Etsy spanning data, search, and advertising.
Entrepreneurship is currently a hot topic and many universities are looking to attract the best aspiring entrepreneurs by expanding course offerings and programs outside of the norm. Entrepreneur.com does a good job of summing up some of these trends in a relevant article.
Many university entrepreneurship programs are funded by endowments or donations from successful alumni. So as a successful alumnus, what can you do to support entrepreneurship education at your alma mater and ensure that your funds will be utilized effectively?
Alexis Taylor is a senior in the Heider College of Business studying Social Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics Management, and International Cultures. She was also the founding Lead Organizer of the first inaugural 3 Day Startup Program at Creighton University.
27 students from Creighton, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln participated in the first time program, forming five different startup teams that worked on ideas ranging from a productivity app to a platform for collectors. Alexis says the most rewarding part of founding the program at Creighton was receiving positive feedback from students, mentors, and even panelists. “We’ve created a collegiate community of entrepreneurs. For students that started at square zero, they now have a framework they can use to launch future companies and we all walked away with connections to great people.”
Contributor: Claire Gillespie, sophomore at the College of William & Mary and participant at 3DS William & Mary
3 Day Startup is forty people, seven meals, dozens of laptops, several words, and glory. For me, it was standing up in front of a group of strangers – most of them older and probably smarter than myself – and telling them the business idea I had been mulling around in my head for months. It was questions and criticisms and learning to work with a team of strangers. It was talking pretty, talking code and talking to some of the most passionate, innovative individuals I’ve encountered at the College of William and Mary.
Contributor: The Next Zuck
The Next Zuck is a student produced startup show covering college startups. The show travels to campuses across the country to feature student run startups, investors, accelerators and more.
The founders of OneTapp, Roberto Feldman and Evan Maclin, are revolutionizing the way we connect. Their app, OneTapp, let’s users connect with their friends and professionals on multiple social media sites using one platform. Feldman and Maclin are seniors at Cornell University.
Watch to learn more about their app and their entrepreneurial journey thus far:
Contributor: The Next Zuck
The Next Zuck is a startup show covering college startups. The show travels to campuses across the country to feature student run startups, investors, accelerators and more.
Lucas Williamson said his college wrestling career “went down the drain” after a serious injury, but after creating his own startup he’s still found a way to pursue his passion and love for wrestling.
At 3DS, we have long fostered the notion that the university is the ideal center for an ecosystem’s entrepreneurial activity. After all, where else is there such an intense concentration of talent, intellectual capital, diversity, resources, and time to invest in projects that are both innovative and commercially viable? Recently, we partnered with the Technion Institute of Technology, the Technion Faculty of Medicine, and the Ramban Hospital System to help students start companies in the healthcare space.
“What has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat but is still touched by every doctor and nurse in every hospital in the world,” asked Ido. After a suspenseful pause, he said “the keyboard; the computer keyboard that doctors use to jot down notes, that nurses use to record your vital signs.” No good problem should be “solution-less,” and so Ido offered the solution his team had created over the course of the 3DS program. It was a device attached to the keyboard that would make it germ-free without any work from any member of the hospital staff.