DTE 3 Day Startup Aims to Help Students Launch Businesses
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. --- A $3,000 prize is at stake as Illinois Wesleyan’s Design, Technology,
and Entrepreneurship (DTE) Program hosts the 3 Day Startup, Friday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 27, at IWU’s State Farm Hall.
Local college students, high school students, and community members who register for
the 3 Day Startup will work together in small groups to start a business all the way
from ideation, to prototyping, to pitch. The group which presents the most compelling
pitch will earn $3,000 to help fund their startup.
"As the Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship program at Illinois Wesleyan continues
to grow, we hope to strengthen our roots in the greater Bloomington-Normal startup
ecosystem, while also creating more resources and points of connection for our students
and community members,” said DTE Coordinator of Entrepreneurial Activities Lauren
The 3 Day Startup is free for Illinois Wesleyan students who register for the event.
There is a $50 registration fee for community members and all other college and high
school students, and participants are asked to register by no later than 10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24.
“The 3 Day Startup is a wonderful event in which participants of all specialties and
knowledge levels can come together and effectively jump-start their career and entrepreneurial
ideas,” Hicks said. “This is a great opportunity for participants to innovate, network,
and gain business acumen."
The goals of the seminar include providing participants with hands-on experience in
starting a business and to help them develop viable ventures, all the while, connecting
them with local entrepreneurs, experts and potential investors.
The seminar aims to bring together students and citizens from all disciplines by engaging
them in a collaborative, creative and transformative three-day experience.
No business or entrepreneurial background is required to participate. Meals are included
and will be provided.
To register for the 3 Day Startup, please visit: https://www.iwu.edu/entrepreneurship/startup.html. Questions about this event can be directed to Lauren Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Megan Baker ’21