The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
Texas A&M pitcher Evan Aschenbeck (53) throws a pitch during Texas A&M’s game against Florida at the NCAA Men’s College World Series semifinal at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska on Sunday, June 19, 2024. (Hannah Harrison/The Battalion)
Aggies defeat Gators 6-0 to advance to first College World Series finals
Kolton Becker, Sports Writer • June 20, 2024

There’s always a first for everything.  For the first time in program history, Texas A&M baseball is headed to the Men’s College...

Texas A&M pitcher Ryan Prager (18) delivers a pitch during Texas A&M’s game against Kentucky at the NCAA Men’s College World Series at in Omaha, Nebraska on Monday, June 17, 2024. Prager went for 6.2 innings, allowing two hits and zero runs. (Chris Swann/The Battalion)
Sixth sense
June 18, 2024
Texas A&M outfielder Jace Laviolette (17) robs a home run from Florida infielder Cade Kurland (4) in the top of the ninth inning during Texas A&M’s game against Florida at the NCAA Men’s College World Series at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska on Sunday, June 15, 2024. (Hannah Harrison/The Battalion)
Saves and a robbery
June 16, 2024
Enjoying the Destination
Enjoying the Destination
Cara Hudson, Maroon Life Writer • June 17, 2024

For the history buffs, there’s a story to why Bryan and College Station are so closely intertwined. In 1871 when the Texas Legislature approved...

Chris Hemsworth as Dementus in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.
Review: ‘Furiosa’ is a must-see
Justin ChenJune 4, 2024

My jaw dropped open in 2016. Rarely in life does that happen, but the viewing experience of “Mad Max: Fury Road" was something to behold....

Growing entrepreneurs look to expand on their business ideas through Startup Aggieland


The McFerrin Center at Mays Business school hosted a 3 Day Startup (3DS) event this weekend. The event aimed at providing budding entrepreneurs with a stage to pitch their ideas and to experience the process of creating a startup from scratch.
The event saw different ideas like a solution to increasing job-related stress, an online network for professional athletes and even an idea connecting gaming consoles wirelessly. A panel of experienced and successful entrepreneurs provided the participants with expansion ideas, positive feedbacks and critiques.
McKayla Lewis, human resource development senior and a student worker for the event, said 3DS was started with an aim to provide students with a quick opportunity to take a peek into the business world.
“It gives a crash course in business,” Lewis said. “Students learn a lot of different stuff in their classes, but this was designed to be the quickest way they can learn to build a startup.”
Lewis said the event was first organized six years ago and happens once every semester. The Spring 2018 iteration of the event saw a 100 applicants each with their own unique idea.
“The 3 Day startup event is in it’s 12th iteration this semester,” Lewis said. “We had about a 100 students applying to be part of the event this time and we had that number narrowed down to 50 after a careful selection process.”
Lewis said the event is open to any student from Texas A&M, regardless of their major or year.
“The event is open to anyone from A&M,” Lewis said. “Any major, they can be an undergrad or a grad student. This time, a few Prairie View [A&M] students have applied too.”
Lewis said the selected 50 students took part in the event that started off Friday evening with a bootcamp where about two-thirds of the ideas were pitched to a vote, with the top seven most popular ideas being selected to proceed with.
“Those selected 50 students arrived at Startup Aggieland on Friday,” Lewis said. “About 30-35 of them pitched their ideas Friday night and the ideas are voted on and we usually select the top six, but we selected one more this year because of the numbers.”
Lewis said teams were then formed around the selected ideas and the rest of the weekend was spent in a flurry of startup activities involving seeking real-world problems that needed immediate solutions to reaching out to initial clients and customers.
“Teams were formed based on the selected ideas,” Lewis said. “Saturday and Sunday, they just completely build the business model for their ideas. Sunday evening the teams then use presentations to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.”
Chuck Hinton, a director at Startup Aggieland, was among the many mentors that were available throughout the course of the event to guide the participants in the right direction.
“Once they begin talking to potential clients, some begin to realize that there is no problem to solve, they are then forced to change their idea,” Hinton said. “There is no contest, there are no winners. At the end of the day, the participants are provided with tools to find out if there are enough people out there with problems that their idea could solve. If they find enough traction, they could grow bigger and start making money off of their idea.”
Yuvaraj Sudhakar, agribusiness graduate student, was among the participants and said the event helped him learn more about how to create a startup and gain practical experience.
“I learnt a lot from the mentors and coaches,” Sudhakar said. “They hear you out and advise you. It was a well organized event and I really enjoyed my experience here. It as awesome.”
The panelists were all former students, most now members of the Aggie Angels Network, a not-for-profit organization looking to invest in startup companies.
Roland Block, associate director for Engineering Career Services, at the Career Center was on the panel as well.
“I just came back to A&M after being in the industry for 25 years,” Block said. “This is my third 3DS. I see it as an opportunity to give back. I have an engineering and a marketing background and it gives me a unique perspective.”
Block said learning opportunities that the event provided to the participants was important and was impressed with all the progress made over the course of three days.
“Being able to see students grow and blossom in such little time is just incredible,” Block said. “It is very rewarding, it teaches teamwork and collaboration. The opportunity to present in front of a crowd with people taking photos and asking questions isn’t something you get to do everyday. Employers are on the lookout for experience and team-building skills. This is a challenging and safe environment to learn those skills.”

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *