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3 Day Startup HomeAway – London

February 5th – 7th 2016 @ HomeAway London HQ

3 Day Startup and HomeAway are joining forces for an exciting entrepreneurship program focused on startups and innovation in the vacation and travel space. 3DS HomeAway is a learning-by-doing program where participants work with HomeAway mentors and team members to jumpstart new ventures.

 

WHAT HAPPENS AT A 3DS PROGRAM?

Over three days, students and community members will form teams, talk to customers, build prototypes, and pitch to an esteemed panel.

Bootcamp (Mon, Feb 1): Participants meet, get introduced to the online vacation rental space, and key entrepreneurship principles, and learn best practices for maximizing the 3 Day Startup program experience.

Day 1: Participants arrive – with or without startup ideas – and a facilitator leads the group through dedicated brainstorming, preliminary pitches/feedback, and team selection modules. Some teams work late into the night and others prefer to rest up in preparation for day 2.

Day 2: Customer discovery (teams exit the building or hit the phones and talk to potential customers), structured mentorship, intermediate pitches and feedback sessions. Day 2 places heavy emphasis on business model generation.

Day 3: Continued execution (including pitch workshops) leading into final pitches/demos to an esteemed panel of mentors and investors.  

 

IMPORTANT DATES

3 Day Startup bootcamp: February 1st, 7pm

3 Day Startup program: February 5th – February 7th

Post-3DS Rendezvous: Two weeks after program (date, time and location pending)

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FACILITATORS, MENTORS AND PANELISTS

 

Robert Kennedy, London

Panelist

Robert Kennedy is the Development Director at SuperControl, the UK’s leading online booking and management system used by the holiday home industry. He has an entrepreneurial background, and launched SuperControl in 2007 to a UK holiday rentals market hungry for a specialist property management system. Today SuperControl has more than 1,500 clients, including the owners and property managers of over 25,000 properties throughout the UK and worldwide.

Carl Shaulis, Austin TX

Mentor

Carl is interested in agile and the rapid deliver of quality software.  He currently serves as the Director of Quality Engineering at HomeAway.  He participates in 3 Day Startup because of the opportunity to be on a learning adventure.

Yas Desai, London

Mentor

Yasmin organised the first 3DS in London and continues to mentor for numerous subsequents 3 day startup programs. Yasmin specialises in MVP, proving traction and most importantly the early fundamental stages of growth. Having worked in 5 start ups, she knows exactly how to build a company from nothing.

Bart Bohn, Austin TX

Facilitator

Bart has many years experience as an entrepreneur and mentor in Austin. He is a former director of the Austin Technology Incubator, and a Tech Stars alumni. Bart has deep expertise from ideation to raising funds from angel investors, and everything between.

Karen Fuller, Austin TX

Mentor

Karen is the Senior Director of global market research for HomeAway and gave her first 3DS presentation in 2012.  Using insights gleaned from tens of thousands of surveys, hundreds of one-on-one interviews, and hundreds of focus groups, she introduces participants to the online vacation rental category.  As part of the bootcamp, Karen’s presentation provides key foundational information, a few fun facts and maybe a surprising factoid or two that will help you deliver a successful idea.

Maia Donohue, Austin TX

Facilitator

Maia is a core member of the Austin 3 Day Startup team. He is an entrepreneur and mentor who has facilitated over 30 3DS programs. Maia specializes in product-market fit, early-stage investment, co-founder dynamics and helping teams create exceptional investor pitches.

Paige Brown, Austin TX

Mentor

Paige is currently a Director of Global Product Marketing at HomeAway. She has been an entrepreneur in the travel industry for over 7 years and is a TechStars and Startup Chile Alumni. She can help with anything from ideation, building a startup team, investor pitches as well as knowledge regarding the HomeAway APIs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What does the weekend look like? You and other participants will start a technology company over the course of three days, focused on the mobile vacation rental space. HomeAway will be hosting participants for 3 days, inviting 40-50 entrepreneurs with a wide range of backgrounds, providing food, drinks, snacks, and coffee. Participants pick the best idea for a software startup during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a minimal viable prototype by the end of day 3. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend.

If I participate, what do I get out of the weekend?  The worst case scenario is that you will work with brilliant people from numerous disciplines toward the common goal of building real companies and products. Great connections happen at 3 Day Startup: cofounders meet, complementary skill sets collide, and friends are made. The best case scenario is that you will be a cofounder of a wildly successful new tech startup.

What kind of ideas are allowed? Ideas with scalable business models focused on the online vacation rental space are strongly preferred.  We also optimize for ideas that will require a strong software base. Our selection criteria for ideas are (1) your amount of passion and (2) the amount of research on your own idea that you perform before your interview.

What about food? Sleep? 3DS caters all meals, drinks, and in-between snacks. Sleep is optional. Participants will be asked to leave very late at night in the evening only to resume early the next day. 

What is your rate of success? First of all, check out some of the companies that have been started by graduates of 3 Day Startup here. Our main metric for success is how many of our alumni found companies that take investment, generate revenue, or enter incubators.  It is common to hear the word “startup” get thrown around.   When we say startup, we mean the real thing: companies that are making money or taking investment. Per program, 3 Day Startup result in more successful startups than any other weekend entrepreneurship event. We have run 140+ programs in the US and internationally, and those have given rise to 80+ companies that have cumulatively received over $50 million in funding. 35+ companies from 3DS have been accepted to accelerators such as Y Combinator, Tech Stars, 500 Startups, Capital Factory, Austin Technology Incubator and Dreamit Ventures. On average, each 3 Day Startup program has generated more than one successful startup.  This includes programs in mature and nascent university entrepreneurship ecosystems. More FAQs here.

CONTACT THE LOCAL ORGANIZING TEAM

For questions about the 3 Day Startup HomeAway program or sponsorship inquiries, please email our lead organizer Maia Patrick Donohue at maia@3daystartup.com

About Us

3 Day Startup’s mission is to kickstart new student-run companies and build entrepreneurial capabilities in students and their university communities. Learn More

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