During the week of April 13-19, 3 Day Startup partnered with Stanford’s Epicenter and the NCIIA to launch 3DS Springboard across nine universities. 3DS Springboard is an interactive workshop focused on the beginning steps of launching a company or a project through on-campus innovation. Over four 90-minute sessions, students joined the 3DS team and Epicenter University Innovation Fellows on their campuses to start a company, a project, or a movement.
3 Day Startup (3DS) partnered with the 80/20 Foundation and Geekdom to host the first-ever 3 Day Startup for the Performing Arts. The program introduced San Antonio’s performing arts organizations to lean start up techniques and intraprenuerial thinking. The results were powerful insights into ways to better engage audiences and the community in their work, while simultaneously generating new sources of earned revenue and improving sustainability.
The Current State of the Performing Arts Industry
According to the NEA, nearly half of the nation’s adults attended at least one type of visual or performing arts activity in 2012. And nationwide, the performing arts industry is made up of approximately 8,840 organizations, generating nearly $13.6 billion in annual revenues. In San Antonio alone, arts and culture organizations and their audiences generated more than $134 million in direct economic activity in 2010, according to Americans for the Arts. However, while arts organizations thrive on creativity, producing innovative, exciting, and inspiring performances on stage, they often struggle to harness that same innovative spirit and apply it to their business models. As we have seen with a string of recent high-profile cases (New York City Opera, The Philadelphia Orchestra, among others), many face deficits, go bankrupt, or are forced to downsize. Such failures prevent organizations from serving their communities, while developing a reputation for the performing arts among skeptics as an inefficient, ineffective money-pit.
Contributor: Ethan Levy, sophomore at Tulane University and Ambassador for Venture for America participated in a 3 Day Startup program hosted at the University of New Orleans.
VFA recently interviewed Ethan on their blog. Ethan dives into his experience with VFA, 3DS, and how our organizations are helping him launch his venture, ComeFail.
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.” Continue reading
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.
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.
Contributor: Shai Haim, Lead Organizer at 3DS Technion
While most Technion students were busy looking for opportunities at the career fair held last Wednesday, 35 guys and girls decided to do things a little differently and make their own opportunity by founding a startup.
What is 3DS Technion?
3DS Technion is a practical workshop during which participants experience the early stages of a startup: from picking an idea and “selling” it to potential teammates, building a team, defining a product, to pitching to investors. The workshop uses a format developed by students at The University of Texas in 2008. The organization is now a nonprofit that has since grown to more than 80 programs on four continents. The aim of the workshop is to give students the opportunity to experience what it means to start a company.