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Have you ever wanted to start your own business? When you lay in bed at night, do you dream of creating your own app, providing a service to the community or being your own boss? If you have, we completely understand – that’s how we landed here! Taking the entrepreneurship leap can be frightening, but Geekdom hosts an amazing program called the 3 Day Startup, or 3DS, that will guide you you in the right direction.

3DS-2Directly from the source, 3DS is “a 72-hour learning-by-doing workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills in an extreme hands-on environment.” From December 11th through the 13th, successful and beginner entrepreneurs will spend three days creating, researching, receiving feedback and pitching a startup. The schedule is as follows:

3DS-3Day 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. If you’re wondering whether investors really invest money during 3DS, the answer is yes! So far, 79 companies that have cumulatively received over $79 million in funding from 3DS.

3DSIf you’re interested in pitching your idea or helping others with their business startup, you should sign up today. Whether your startup idea is chosen or not, 3DS can help you decide whether owning your own business is something your truly want to pursue. Don’t worry about brining a sack lunch and gallon of coffee, 3DS caters all meals, drinks, and in-between snacks.

Are you planning – or interested – in partaking in 3DS?