Eight teams emerge from 3 Day Startup Iowa City

Eight teams emerge from 3 Day Startup Iowa City

While most of their peers were preparing for finals or enjoying the spring weather, about 35 Iowan students spent the weekend building startups. 3 Day Startup (3DS) was started at the University of Texas at Austin, and has expanded to more than 55 universities worldwide. “The mantra is, ‘make something people want,’” said Maia Donohue, a program manager at 3DS, on the emphasis on customer discovery. “There’s a lot of pivoting, and a lot of learning that comes through that process.” The event is similar in format to Startup Weekend. Ideas are pitched on Friday night and teams form around the most popular. Customer discovery, business planning and development work happen all weekend before a final pitch Sunday night. That said, there are a few key differences between 3DS and Startup Weekend: 3DS is only open to students, who must apply to participate, where Startup Weekend is open to anyone Startup Weekend only allows new ideas, where some 3DS projects had already been in the works for months. Startup Weekend declares winners, where 3DS typically does not. Alexander noted that many JPEC events, including the numerous business model and pitch competitions that happen each year, are geared toward students who have already launched a business. 3DS gives students from different majors a chance to connect and explore the very beginnings of an idea. “We really tried to get out and spread the word to engineering, computer science and graphic design,” she said. Seven teams made it through the weekend: Alphabetically: Blue Cheese Pitched by: Ruihao Min Blue Cheese is an app that translates menu items between Chinese and English. Min, who came…