Western University of Health Sciences students are invited to a three-day workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills in a hands-on environment.

WesternU students – as well as faculty and staff interested in serving as mentors – can learn more about this program at an information session at noon Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 in HEC Lecture Hall 1. Guest speakers will be Olukemi Sawyerr, PhD, director of Cal Poly Pomona’s Student Innovation Idea Lab, and a representative from 3 Day Startup. Click here to view the flier.

3 Day Startup Pomona will take place Oct. 28-30, 2016 at Cal Poly Pomona’s Bronco Student Center. The event is sponsored by WesternU, Cal Poly Pomona, the city of Pomona and the Pomona Chamber of Commerce.

3 Day Startup is open to graduate and undergraduate students of all years, majors and experience levels. Pomona is the second California city to hold a 3 Day Startup, along with Berkeley.

The weekend consists of 40 students breaking into smaller groups and developing an idea for a software startup. Each team will release a minimal prototype by the end of day 3. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend, according to the 3 Day Startup Pomona website http://pomona.3daystartup.org/.

A panel of mentors and investors will evaluate students’ ideas, said WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine Professor Malika Kachani, PhD, DVM, who is coordinating WesternU’s involvement in the event with College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Assistant Professor and Director of the Center of Global and Community Health Maryam Othman, MD, MPH.

“We think this is a very nice opportunity for our students to interact with students from Cal Poly Pomona and other places and work in interdisciplinary teams on entrepreneur projects, some of which may be funded,” Kachani said.