A few weeks ago GORGES received an inquiry from the organizer Sohan Jain asking if we would be mentors for the Cornell University 3 Day Startup. This event was held this past weekend November 4-6, 2011, and in our opinion it was a wonderful success.
On Friday afternoon the event started with brainstorming sessions, and presentations of possible startup ideas were made that evening. Votes were cast and teams formed around the half-dozen or so leading ideas. Each team had students with different roles for the concept development, business modeling, and actual programming.
Fueled by caffeine and sugar, the teams worked all weekend in preparation for Sunday evening’s final pitch. For GORGES’ role, Don Ellis and I were involved at the three mentoring sessions. To the best we could, we asked questions and offered advice based on our own startup experiences.
On Friday evening the teams presented their ideas and working prototypes to a panel. The presentations were well-attended, and I would not be surprised if a few of these teams evolved into real startup companies.
As for the actual ideas, most involved using mobile smartphones. That is a clear indication of where future opportunities lie, and I’m glad we have cultivated and matured our mobile development talent at GORGES.
It was great to see such enthusiasm during the weekend, as well as impressive programming and business talent. Kudos to Sohan and his team for putting together a great event.