Join us in Austin, Texas for a bootcamp intense, high energy two-week exchange where twenty-three standout Austrian university and Fachhochschule 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 22 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.


The application for the 2017 Austria to Austin Student Startup Exchange Program is now closed.



What do the two weeks look like? You and 22 other standout Austrian university or Fachhochschule 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. Want to know more about what to expect? Take a look at last year’s schedule while we finalize the details for 2017.

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 through 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 Fachhochschule, or apply to our flagship 3DS UT Austin program. Click here to contact us!

Do I need to live in Austria to apply? Austrian citizens and legal permanent residents (Daueraufenthalt-EU) are encouraged to apply. If you have a special circumstance, please 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? We welcome applications from those who are between 18 and 28 years old on January 16, 2017 (application deadline). To best meet program goals, the selection committee will strongly consider years of experience, education, and future aspirations.

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 Fachhochschule OR be a citizen of Austria, enrolled at a university or Fachhochschule outside of Austria, planning to return to Austria after graduation.

How would I get there? This program is fully funded by the U.S. Embassy in Vienna. 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.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 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, 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 with other participants in a shared accommodation.

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

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 17, 2017, selected applicants will receive an invitation to schedule an in-person interview, which take place between March 6 and March 10, 2017 in Innsbruck and Vienna. On March 22, 2017, we will notify twenty-three participants and four alternates of their selection.

Which email address should I use to apply? We strongly encourage applicants to use a personal email account whenever possible, as several university or Fachhochschule accounts have presented international communication issues in the past. Please also 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 – please be sure to check it for accuracy!). 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 cannot make any changes to your submission and will not accept any information sent via email. (This includes any corrections to birthdates)

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 Fachhochschule, or apply to our flagship 3DS UT Austin program. Click here to contact us!




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