Have you always wanted to launch a tech company but didn’t know how to go about it?
Well now is your chance to learn. 3 Day Startup San Antonio takes place Nov. 16 to 18 at Geekdom, on the 11th floor of the Weston Centre downtown.
The program is like getting a mini-MBA in a weekend. It is all about forming a company in three days. About 40 students and professionals gather to brainstorm ideas on the first night and then they vote on the best ones. They spend the rest of the weekend hashing out business and marketing plans, programming websites and creating their business. Throughout the weekend, the participants interact with mentors who have actually built businesses. They also get catered meals and all kinds of drinks and snacks. The program culminates with a pitch session to a panel of judges and investors on Sunday night.
And often the business doesn’t end there. Several 3 Day Startup ideas have become viable businesses including Cabstr, Grapevine, Embarkly, Console.FM, JiveTickets and many more.
To participate, you must apply for a spot. The organizers are looking for people “with an entrepreneurial drive, including backgrounds in Computer Science, MBAs, law, graphic designers, PR, business, etc.”
“We believe 3 Day Startup is a great way to get the community excited about entrepreneurship and to spend an intense weekend with creative people who want to actually bring an idea to life as opposed to sitting back and listening to YATAE (yet another talk about entrepreneurship),” according to 3 Day Startup San Antonio’s Website. “It’s also a social and business experiment to see how much a group of passionate people can accomplish over the course of 60 hours.”
If you want to learn more, there’s a super secret meetup Thursday (Oct. 18) night at Geekdom starting at 7 p.m. and followed by a happy hour at Tycoon Flats.
Alan Weinkrantz, who serves as a mentor during the 3 Day Startup San Antonio program, recently created this video of Cristal Glangchai, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Trinity University and organizer of 3 Day Startup San Antonio.