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Starting a company in one weekend

How to enthuse students for entrepreneurship? Instead of holding another lecture, the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship (MC4E) is hosting an event called 3 Day Startup (3DS). The concept consists of gathering forty students who will try to set up a technology company in 60 hours, from Friday (May 6th) to Sunday night, and present their business ideas to a group of experts.

“The group will start from scratch, with nothing but an idea,” says SBE student and organizer Christopher Ostrowski. “We want to intervene as little as possible. We’ll provide the workspace, food and energy drinks. Experts will be present to help. In some way, it is an experiment to see how much a group of passionate people can accomplish in one weekend.” The MC4E aims at students and professionals with a wide range of backgrounds: programming, law, business, neuroscience, life sciences, graphic design and marketing.

The concept of 3DS was invented three years ago at the University of Austin, Texas, and has been spread successfully to universities in the US, Germany and the United Kingdom.


Maurice Timmermans



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