For general FAQ about 3 Day Startup, please head over to the global 3 Day Startup FAQ.

How do I know someone won’t steal my idea?
We’ve worked with thousands of students and professionals around world and an idea has never been stolen. Although an idea is important, execution is what matters most, and that will be the focus of 3 Day Startup. If you are still unsure, you can enter with a different idea and use 3 Day Startup to network and meet potential co-founders. But in all honesty, you have a better chance of being in a shark attack than of having your idea stolen.

I have an idea, but I’m not sure if it qualifies as “green tech”?
You can email us, and we would be happy to discuss your idea:

I’m not a developer. What will I do all weekend?
Short answer: you will find things to do. The value of participating in 3 Day Startup is learning how to work in a startup atmosphere that values creativity, innovation, setting ones own goals and executing without traditional managerial oversight.

What happens if my idea does not get picked?
We encourage you not to apply unless you are willing to work on other people’s ideas if yours is not chosen. We have had countless participants who shelve beloved ideas at 3 Day Startup and get a great experience working on another team.

Our hope is that you will continue to work on your idea after 3DS. Many of our most successful alumni start companies based on ideas that were not initially chosen. They often meet their co-founders at 3 Day Startup.

Does my idea have to be tech related?
No. Most 3DS participants bring in tech ideas, but we have had distinctly non-tech startups do very well. It should, however, be green/eco related.

What happens to my team after 3 Day Startup?
That is up to you and your team. Some stick together and become co-founders. Others go their separate ways. We encourage you to reach out to the mentors or to your 3DS facilitator for help and advice on how to handle your team’s transition.

I want my team members to sign non-disclosure agreements. Is this OK
No. This creates a tremendous amount of friction if different teams are trying to get potential team members to sign legal paperwork. 3DS also puts a high value on the educational/personal growth component of our program, and NDAs tend to put a damper on this. Also, we’ve never had an idea get “stolen”.

Who is the organizing team?

You can email them at