“StartupBus is so much more than just a road trip, or a startup competition, or an intense adventure with people who are a bit looney. It’s a community of people who share values and who believe in a world where problems can be solved in creative ways using modern tools such as software and technology.”
— Eme Morato, Dev.F
“We are a slingshot in the form of a bus that takes tech minded people, forces them to go through the startup equivalent of hazing, and they come out the other side of an intense five day experience knowing what they’re truly capable of.”
— Taylor Wallace, WeVue
“It’s Navy SEAL bootcamp for tech entrepreneurs”
— Greg Ross-Monroe, Sourcetoad
“I feel like I’ve joined a SWAT team on a drug raid and they just handed me a gun and said, “Go.”
— Keith Axline, WIRED
“I already live a hectic startup lifestyle, but StartupBus was like taking my startup life, doping it on steroids and then sending it out to space on a rocket ship.”
— Erica Swallow, Forbes
Jump on a bus, conceive, build and launch a startup with a team of strangers in 72 hours at 70 mph – then pitch Techstars on stage at Boulder Startup Week.
On May 15th, the best and the brightest will come together to compete in StartupBus Americas VII, the continent’s most epic competition – combing the magic of a hackathon and a road trip to create the ultimate adventure on wheels.
We’ll be hitting all the raddest hot spots and tech shops as we make our way to Boulder Startup Week, where buses from 3 countries will converge in the quest for StartupBus glory. This year each bus is going to have a theme, so you can choose your own adventure. Finalists will get the chance to pitch on stage for Techstars at the historic Boulder Theater.
We're not going to sugarcoat it, the ride to Colorado will be tough. You're not going to get much sleep and you may have to fight people off to charge your devices. You'll be pushed past your limits and will go through *all* the feels. But it'll all be worth it when you find greatness on the other side.
We can promise you that the few, the proud, the brave who are selected to join our elite crew will leave with the experience of a lifetime, a new group of best friends/business partners, a whole new view of what's possible and plenty of tales from the trenches.
If you're crazy enough to hop on a bus and build a business with a bunch of strangers in 3 days – or you know someone who is – send them our way.
May 15 - 19th, 2016
Destination: Boulder, Colorado
Boulder Startup Week // Techstars
You’ve heard it before: “the StartupBus will change your life” – but it’s only after 3 days of no sleep and countless hours on the road that you understand what it means to be part of the tribe.
More than an event, annual StartupBus competitions also act as a feeder and initiation rite for those joining the StartupBus community. With over a thousand people, it’s a #DreamTeam you can’t buy your way into.
Join ranks with some of the most elite hackers, makers and hustlers around, create lifelong friendships and fill the rolodex with a list of insanely awesome people you can call at any time.
Coming from all across the globe, with almost 50% women, the “brogrammer” attitude just doesn’t fly. Our alumni live, work and play together, creating companies worth billions while changing the world around them.
“The StartupBus is as close to blood sport as Silicon Valley entrepreneurship gets. By compressing the time from concept to prototype, it becomes a pedal-to-the metal business incubator.”
“Participants will tell you that the StartupBus is the other of all hackathons... Imaging building a real startup in a compressed time capsule traveling at 60 miles per hour.”
“StartupBus isn’t just a hackathon on a Greyhound bus. It’s also a self-starter alumni organization that isn’t only about who you know. It’s built on ambition, ingenuity and rest stop hot dogs.”
“The StartupBus is the world’s most frenetic startup incubator – not to mention its most reality-TV-ready one – hurling along the freeway with a group of 30 or so ambitious entrepreneurs who have just met.”
For those not participating in the competition, the event is live tweeted and streamed on StartupBus.TV so the experience can be enjoyed vicariously in real time.
We also have BUSDAQ, a faux stock market where people can follow the progress and invest in StartupBus companies as they're being created.