CLEMSON — Clemson University’s Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership will sponsor the nationally recognized 3 Day Startup weekend Feb. 2–4. Registration is free and open to Clemson students, faculty and alumni. The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 26.

3 Day Startup (3DS) is a 48-hour, learning-by-doing campus program that teaches entrepreneurial skills in an extreme hands-on environment. The program has been run at more than 150 universities around the world, including Cornell, Duke and MIT. Participants have a wide range of backgrounds and are provided everything they need to select an idea on day one and present a viable product on day three. In between, they are immersed in lectures, panel presentations, small group brainstorming sessions and small group mentoring sessions.

The program is more than just a workshop – it’s designed to generate actual companies. Per program, 3DS results in more successful startups — real companies that are making money or taking investment — than any other weekend entrepreneurship event.

“This is a world-class program from a world-class provider,” said Spiro Institute Associate Director John Hannon. “We hope Clemson’s bright and hungry aspiring entrepreneurs will take advantage of the free opportunity we’re putting on their doorstep.”

Founded by a diverse group of students who saw unexpressed potential for startups in higher education, the 3 Day Startup program debuted at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Since then, more than 400 3DS programs have been produced in the United States and internationally. They have given rise to more than 130 companies that have received more than $131 million in funding, and 34 companies that have been accepted to such accelerators as Y Combinator, Tech Stars, 500 Startups, Capital Factory, and Dreamit Ventures. On average, each 3DS program generates at least one successful startup.

The “power weekend” is open to all aspiring entrepreneurs regardless of experience. No preparation is required – just energy and ideas.

Anyone interested in cultivating their entrepreneurial spirit is encouraged to attend, said Hannon.

“People can come as individuals or teams, with an idea or looking for one. The important thing is that they  come,” he said.