Chief Executive Officer | Net Impact

Chief Executive Officer

3 Day Startup

About the Organization
Over a decade ago, a group of students at The University of Texas at Austin launched 3 Day Startup (3DS) to create a new way for universities to promote their students’ entrepreneurial concepts. Since then, more than 16,000 students in 35 countries have participated in 3DS programs, and 142 companies have been launched by our alumni, who have raised $208 million to date.

A nonprofit with an annual budget of $700K, 3DS supports 6+ staff producing more than 45 immersive hands-on entrepreneurship education programs annually. Our 8-person Board of Directors includes veterans of our program, nonprofits, and the startup environment; backgrounds that enhance their strong stewardship and leadership. We strive to make entrepreneurship accessible to students all over the world through a wide variety of programs in high schools, universities, and companies, as well as through virtual cohorts, exchange programs and our signature Global Roundup annual event.

We begin the next chapter of 3 Day Startup celebrating these successes. We are committed to our principles of innovation, intensity, and market growth as well as our values: dynamic and engaging; inclusive and equitable; research-based; technologically savvy; operationally lean and academically rigorous.

With the leadership of our next CEO, we will navigate a new set of priorities and opportunities, including:

Expanding and updating our programming to demonstrate impact and address trends and student needs
Growing partnerships with universities, companies, governments, investors and supporters
Exploring new revenue streams and models to best serve budding entrepreneurs.
At 3DS, the nonprofit, business, and education communities intersect and blend. Our new CEO will shape our organization’s future across disciplines as business, startup, and innovation interact in new and different ways worldwide; we expect great opportunities for entrepreneurial problem-solving as the world emerges from pandemic.

3 Day Startup is located in Austin, Texas. We are all working remotely right now, and we support a combination of working remotely and at our office downtown at Capital Factory.

The Opportunity
The CEO is our chief visionary, strategist, and voice. The CEO steers and stewards the work of our talented staff and board. They ensure that our values, mission, and viability are at the forefront of all decisions. Externally, the CEO advocates for the 3DS mission, cultivates resources and collaborative partnerships, and increases our reach and impact.

Primary Responsibilities:


Build and guide 3DS’ vision and strategy
Practice and welcome innovation at all levels of our work
Understand and track global movements and trends
Gather critical data about startup success factors, market dynamics, and advances in various sectors to inform our work

Demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm for our mission, vision, and work
Welcome all voices in problem-solving and organizational development,
Encourage staff to pilot and pursue ideas that support the 3DS mission
Model inclusion, empathy, energy, and optimism
Inspire others to join in our work as partners, investors, and champions
Partnership and Program Development

Expand partnerships with other nonprofits, universities, and investors
Attract essential decision-makers and influencers to support 3DS’ work
Explore new programs outside of our standard entrepreneurship and exchange programs
Continuously review metrics to inform improvement of programs and demonstrate impact

Build revenue streams that add value to our mission and bottom line (and sunset those that do not)
Build donor support to provide broader access to students
Responsibly steward 3DS’ resources of all types—including financial, data, team, and intellectual property
Speak passionately about our work as an ambassador and assembler
The Ideal Candidate
First and foremost, the ideal candidate is energized by our mission to make entrepreneurship accessible and to activate the entrepreneurial potential in students globally. We expect our next CEO to be emotionally intelligent and approachable. An ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate entrepreneurial experience, including successful development of business models and sustainable earned revenue streams. We are looking for a track record of building collaborative external partnerships and influencing decision makers.

We are on the brink of big decisions and expect our CEO to be open to innovation and able to inspire people to think, act, and lead. We seek an advocate for 3DS’ mission and vision who can identify and manage risks, connect and develop internal and external champions, and sustain an inclusive and respectful team.

We are looking for a leader who can demonstrate the following:

Professional Experience

Working within entrepreneurship and startups
Engaging in the nonprofit community in a significant way—staff, board, volunteer, donor
Functional Expertise

Leading teams of smart, dedicated people, seeking out and incorporating ideas from across the org chart and across sectors
Fundraising in a nonprofit context, seeking major donors and grants
Driving Business Strategy to:
Build and adjust business models for changing environments, seeking sustainable solutions
Identify and manage risk
Make data-driven decisions using the most effective metrics for key activities
Navigating new technology comfortably
Communicating effectively across a range of audiences, engaging in productive dialogue and challenging ideas respectfully
Personal Characteristics

Action-oriented and confident
Approachable and optimistic
Backbone, heart, and voice for 3DS
Inspiring, motivated, and motivating
Calming energy
The salary range for this position is $140,000 – $160,000. We welcome candidates from a wide range of backgrounds who have the skills to fulfill this role regardless of compensation history.

3 Day Startup is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, religion or belief, family or parental status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please share a current resume and a cover letter expressing your interest and fit for the role on the Waldron Search Candidate Portal before October 19, 2020 for consideration.

We look forward to learning about your interest in this role.