3 Day Startup at Norfolk Collegiate

Collegiate brings 3 day startup to students

incubator to teach students how to be successful in the world

Today’s economy requires everyone to think like an entrepreneur. Norfolk Collegiate is thrilled to announce we will be activating your child’s entrepreneurial potential this school year with the help of 3 Day Startup (3DS).

Thanks to our generous Fund-An-Items donors, we will be hosting 3DS this fall for the first of a two-part experience. This cutting edge, innovative experience will immerse your child in a world of inventors. We will kick off the experience with a full day of training for our faculty and staff with 3DS experts on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.

“3DS will train our faculty to incorporate those skills into their courses,” said Ashley King, coordinator for technology integration and experiential learning. King is working with 3DS to plan the event, which will be the first time 3DS has worked with a secondary school in Virginia.

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, 3DS keynote speaker, senior program manager and conference director Maia Donohue will speak to our middle and upper school students to get their imaginations churning.

“This is for any student who wants to learn to think flexibly and critically to solve problems in the community and beyond,” said King. “It’s less about getting students to start a business, and more about the mindset of getting students to solve a problem.

According to 3DS, students have the creative potential to make a difference; it just needs to be unlocked. They will work with students to educate them on how to create a start-up, as well as deliver tangible skill set including:

  • Thinking on their feet
  • Solving problems
  • Teambuilding
  • Prototyping
  • Customer discovery
  • Securing capital
  • Collaboration
  • Soliciting and implementing feedback
  • Market research and more

As a result, our students will be encouraged to find an area where they see an opportunity to solve a problem. 3DS will equip them with the skills and motivation to solve that problem in a manner that will benefit the community at large.

“Students will work with ideas related to social innovation, food and beverage, agriculture, energy and more,” said King.

That evening the community is invited to join us as we host an evening with 3DS featuring Donohue starting at 6 p.m. in the Hackney Theater. 

Throughout the year, our faculty will work with students, utilizing the skills from 3DS in their classes. Come June 2019, experts from 3DS will return to campus for a three-day immersive event for students.

Click here to learn more about 3DS.


June 2019 3DS Program

June 12–14, 2019
Located at Old Dominion University, Strome Entrepreneurial Center

3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing program that teaches university-level entrepreneurial skills to students in an extreme hands-on environment.

Participants must complete an online application and interview with Ashley King, coordinator for technology integration and experiential learning, to be considered for the program. Interviews will be scheduled after applications have been submitted. Applications must be completed and submitted by April 18, 2019. 

The program is free and open to current middle and upper school students. Space is limited for up to 50 students. 

Click here to view the schedule of events, frequently asked questions and to complete your application to participate in the June 2019 experience.