Pitch an idea. Team up. Launch your idea in a weekend.
Activate your innovation and entrepreneurial potential and kickstart your idea at
IWU's 2 Day Startup (2DS)! This annual event brings together students and community
members across all disciplines for a unique opportunity to collaborate, spark new
creativity, and make transformative change.
You will have the opportunity to work together, alone, or in small groups to bring
an idea to life. By the end of the second day, each team will pitch their startup
business to a group of panelists for a chance to receive $3,000 in seed funding! No matter your experience or entrepreneurial background, this event will give you
the necessary tools and skills to effectively launch a business, product, or service.
Friday Nov. 12th from 4 - 8 PM and Saturday Nov. 13th from 10 - 2 PM at the IDEA Center
No idea? No problem!
If you don't have an idea for a startup, that's OK! You just might have your "aha
moment" on the first day during our kick-off brainstorming session! - Or - There will also be an opportunity for you to choose which idea you like the most
and join their team. 2 Day Startup is designed to build a new venture with a team,
not by yourself.
Benefits of Participating
Share ideas and work closely with driven, co-collaborators and innovators with a diverse
skill set that could result in something magical!
Learn how to turn an idea into a venture - then immediately take steps to put it into
Grow your idea with the help of experienced business owners, mentors, and professors.
Expand your network and build your community.
All IWU students, local small business owners and community members are welcome to
You must be able to attend a large majority of the 2DS weekend, your team will be
depending upon you.
If you would like to participate but have a scheduling conflict, please contact email@example.com.
The group to present the most compelling pitch will receive $3,000 to help fund their venture!
*** Please note: Funding will not be awarded until the individual winner(s) meet (no longer than 15
minutes) with a member of the IWU Innovation Committee to discuss the potential of
their idea and how the committee can be of assistance to the individual. Future milestones
may be required for continued funding and mentorship.
Interested in participating a different way?
Volunteer - help run our 2 Day Startup event
Mentor - interact with & provide guidance to teams
Panelist - sit on the judging panel
Partner - benefit from contributing to this weekend of innovation
Sponsorship - Opportunity to financially support (in kind, donation or providing free
professional expertise) this wonderful event.
Spring 2019 Competition
Congratulations to the First Annual 3 Day Startup Recipients!
PieceofMind (team pictured) won our 1st annual 3DS!
Their startup idea? To create a smart wristband designed for elementary through high
school students to wear while at school. This will help administrators, teachers,
and first responders instantly locate students on a secure location app in case of
Runner-up awards went to:
Clean Cut Media
We are very proud of each student-led team, who demonstrated an incredible amount
of ingenuity, hard work, and professionalism throughout this competition. We're excited
to see how these startups grow and develop!