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  • Is a hands-on learning experience that teaches the fundamental actions and research necessary to start a successful business. It is not a classroom situation where you sit and listen, rather it immerses the student in each important and necessary step to start a business.

  • 3DS is a highly transferable skill-set that is applicable to more than new business startups alone. It would be great to put on a resume to show new business development process understanding, skills and experience.


    Corporations really value the skill and focus needed to define new business opportunities and then follow through with the focused execution required to build the business and drive it forward. The main difference is mainly where the funding comes from. In our experience, the corporate world is constantly looking at new growth opportunities and wants employees with attributes similar that of successful startups. Companies often provide attractive incentives to retain these employees as the business develops.

  • It’s free to all students at TXState, undergrad or grad/MBA, and any major.

  • Any registered student, undergrad or grad, in any major at TX State. Any person can have an idea to start a business and needs to learn how to do it. We accept all major and students, however limited to 60 students. 

  • McCoy College of Business, 4thfloor in the Minifie Atrium, all three days.

  • Of course, cancellation is possible if done a week before the program begins. Write one of the program coordinators, which will give us time to invite another student. If you are a ‘no show’, meaning don’t cancel and don’t come, then you’ll forfeit the opportunity to take the program in the next semester.

  • To get the full benefit from the workshop requires a three-day commitment to gain the most from the experience. 

    Starts Friday (TBA) and runs about 5-11pm. 

    Saturday (TBA) 9am-10pm you go out into the market to talk with customers.

    Sunday (TBA) 9am – 7pm you spend refining the business value proposition and business plan to present to a panel of judges.

  • No problem, Friday evening you’ll work in a small team to identify potential business ideas, either new ones or something that someone has already thought through.

  • To engage in the process, learn everything they can, have an open mind to new ideas, attend all three days as much as they can.

  • Attend an info session to learn more about the program and how it works. Listed on CEA/3DS website. Think about new business ideas that you might want to explore during the program. Talk with friends about challenges in starting a new business.

  • We will provide special assistance for students with physical disabilities.

  • Contact Rico Laitinen, the 3DS GA coordinator at or the Management Office at

  • Lots of ideas, open mind, laptop/iPad etc.We’ll provide food and beverages for breakfast, lunch and dinner for each day as needed.You go home each evening to rest up for the next day.

  • Not really, the expectation is that you’ll do your best to be there all 3 days, Friday – Sunday, see times above.

  • Any idea will be considered, whether techy, commercial or community/social impact oriented. The question is, “ Is the business opportunity sufficient to form a successful business?” Truth is, you never know where one idea may go or how it might evolve with a group of dynamic people working on it.

  • Business partners/groups are OK to bring, though we may spread you out to give everyone the maximum opportunity to grow and learn.