JULY 2, 2017 to JULY 19, 2017

Austin, Texas

Join us for a bootcamp intense, high energy two-week exchange where twenty-three standout Austrian university students will start early-stage companies and become innovation bridges between the U.S. and Austria.

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Virtual Bootcamp (1 month before arrival): Participating students meet, get introduced to key entrepreneurship principles, and learn best practices for maximizing the Austria to Austin Student Startup Experience. The bootcamp will prepare you fully for your trip to the United States and the start of your international entrepreneurial journey.

3DS Austria to Austin: Spend 72 hours with 17 fellow Austrian exchange participants at Capital Factory, the epicenter of entrepreneurship in Austin, Texas, to create 4-5 early stage venture projects. At the end of the camp, you’ll pitch your ideas to 3DS alumni from our global network and an esteemed group of panelists.

3DS Global Roundup: Meet the world’s great doers, thinkers, and makers at universities around the world at a 3-day conference. Continue building your entrepreneurial capabilities through various workshops and panels and maybe build some early partnerships in between. Have your business cards ready! You’ll be networking with the best of the best for three days straight.

Austin and San Antonio Ecosystem Experience: Gain exposure to one of the most innovative cities in America and learn how to transform your community back home. Visit companies like Facebook, Google, HomeAway, and Rackspace; see coworking spaces like Capital Factory, Geekdom, and Impact Hub; and meet social, business, and corporate entrepreneurs throughout Texas. We’ll teach you how to navigate any startup ecosystem. 

Cultural Activities: Join us for great BBQ, two-stepping, food trucks, summer fun in Barton Springs, Texas history, and more. Alongside building your entrepreneurial capabilities, you’ll enjoy traditional Texan pastimes and excursions. Get ready for some fun in the sun.

Post-Exchange Mentorship Tracks (3-6 months after departure): After the exchange, stay connected with the entrepreneurs you met through one of three mentorship tracks: business/social entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, or community building. You’ll be successful and accomplish your goals in no time.



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Click here to apply to the 2017 Austria to Austin Student Startup Exchange Program today!

Please note the application will close on January 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time



What do the two weeks look like? You and 22 other standout Austrian university students will embark on a high-energy, boot camp-intense, international entrepreneurial journey. You’ll start early-stage companies, attend the 3DS Global Roundup (our annual conference where you’ll meet the world’s great doers, thinkers, and makers at universities around the world), gain exposure to one of the most innovative cities in America, and learn how to transform your community back home! Alongside building your entrepreneurial capabilities, you’ll enjoy traditional Texan pastimes and excursions. Get ready for some fun in the sun.

If I participate, what do I get out of the program? Exchange participants gain familiarity with American culture, access over two-hundred 3DS alumni, mentors, investors, and community members at the 3DS Global Roundup Conference, validate the early-stage businesses they create in every facet of the Austin and San Antonio entrepreneurship ecosystems, and learn how to build robust communities of innovation and creativity through curated site visits and program activities. The skills you learn will enable you to found an international or domestic startup, launch new social impact initiatives, reshape Vienna’s corporate landscape as intrapreneurs, and become community leaders by expanding your home country’s entrepreneurial perspective.

I have a previous commitment and I can’t attend the entirety of the exchange program (July 2, 2017 and July 19, 2017). Can I still apply? Unfortunately no, you must be able to attend the entirety of the exchange program to apply or participate. However, we’d still love to work with you! You can attend our annual Global Roundup, organize a 3DS program at your university, or apply to our flagship 3DS UT Austin program. Click here to contact us!

Do I need to live in Austria to apply? Students who are permanent, legal residents in Austria are encouraged to apply.  It is not required that applicants be Austrian citizens, but you must have permanent roots in Austria and an intent to continue work and live in Austria.  You should list your current country of citizenship and describe the details of your situation in the “What else do we need to know about you?” section. Students must be in good academic standing to be considered. Note: Online transcript/Sammelzeugnis must be attached to application.

How old do I need to be to participate? Applicants must be between 18 and 28 years old on January 16, 2017.

I’m a student majoring in X. Should I even consider applying? Participants will be selected in order to represent diverse educational and personal backgrounds from all areas of academic study. If you’re interested in founding an international or domestic startup, launching a new social impact initiative, reshaping Vienna’s corporate landscape as an intrapreneur, becoming a community leader, or expanding Austria’s entrepreneurial perspective, it is likely that you would be a valuable participant.

I’m not a current student. Can I still apply? Unfortunately, no. All applicants must be currently enrolled at an Austrian university OR be a citizen of Austria, enrolled at a university outside of Austria, planning to return to Austria after graduation.

How would I get there? 3DS will plan the international travel from Vienna, Austria to Austin, Texas. Selected participants requiring travel modifications from 3DS’s travel itinerary will be responsible for making all necessary modifications.

I hold a passport issued by a country other than Austria. Does these meet the program requirements? Applicants must hold a valid passport issued by the country from which the applicant is applying. However, as a reminder, If you are not an Austrian citizen, you must be a permanent resident of Austria.

How would I pay for this? All major expenses will be covered through the US Embassy Vienna’s Transatlantic Leaders Initiative (international travel from Vienna to Austin, domestic travel for in-country program activities, lodging at the Firehouse hostel, required health benefits plans, most meals). Participants will also receive a stipend (issued during the program) to help cover meals that are not provided or any extra expenses the participants choose to incur. Note: If exchange participants require changes to travel (e.g. to Vienna for arranged travel to the U.S.), then they will be financially responsible for those modifications.

Where would I sleep? 3DS will make all housing arrangements for participants. You will reside in Firehouse Hostel–a 4.5 star historic hostel in the heart of Austin. Next door to 3DS’s office in Capital Factory, and located in downtown Austin, the hostel is surrounded by the city’s quirky and vibrant culture. It is clean, secure, and includes WiFi, linens, towels, and toiletries.

What would I eat? Breakfast will be provided daily at Firehouse Hostel and lunch, dinner, and snacks will often also be provided. We’ll be sure to quickly expose you to Austin’s culture through its unique food scene! A stipend will help cover any snacks or meals not provided by 3DS.

What does the selection process look like? The selection process consists of two rounds of screening and a final in-person interview in Innsbruck or Vienna. In the first screening phase, applicants who completed the entire application according to the application requirements will be invited to the second screening stage. Applicants will be notified by January 30, 2017 if they have been invited to the second screening stage. By February 13, 2017, ninety applicants will receive an invitation to schedule an in-person interview, which take place between February 20 and March 17, 2017 in Innsbruck and Vienna. By March 22, 2017, we will have notified twenty-three participants and four alternates of their selection.

Which email address should I use to apply? We strongly encourage applicants to use a Gmail account whenever possible, as several university accounts have presented international communication issues in the past. However, please be sure that whichever email address you use to apply is an account that you monitor regularly. There will be no extensions or exceptions made for missed deadlines or correspondence.

How do I know you received my application? You should receive an automated confirmation email (which will also include a copy of your application for your reference). If you received the confirmation email, you should be all set (assuming you completed the entire application and met all requirements)! If you have not received the confirmation email, please check your Spam folder! We can’t wait to learn more about you!

I forgot something/made a mistake on my application! What should I do? Can I email you with additional information?Unfortunately, the only way to add something to your application is to resubmit your entire application. Please note that we will not accept any information sent via email.

I’ve been invited to continue in the second screening phase. Anything I should know? First off, congratulations! As you may have read, the second screening phase requires applicants to respond to essay prompts by video. In order to have your videos reviewed, please be sure that you submit your videos by the deadline, that your videos do not exceed the maximum time limit, and that your videos are not set to private. Sorry, but any submissions that fail to meet any of these requirements will not be reviewed.

What type of consent will I need to give if I’m selected to participate? Those selected will be required to sign and return a participant contract detailing expectations, consequences, and an assumption of risks associated with participation.

What if I I’m not selected for the program? Can I still get involved with 3 Day Startup? While you will not be able to participate in the 2017 exchange program, we’d still love to work with you! You can attend our annual Global Roundup, organize a 3DS program at your university, or apply to our flagship 3DS UT Austin program. Click here to contact us!


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