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WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU PUT 30 STRANGERS ON A BUS AND GIVE THEM
72 HOURS TO CONCEIVE, BUILD & LAUNCH A STARTUP?
THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME.

On May 15th, some of the best makers, hackers, hustlers, and designers will come together in Akron Ohio to represent Northeast Ohio in the most epic competition the Americas has ever seen – combing the magic of a hackathon and a road trip to create the ultimate adventure on wheels.

For the first time @TheStartupBus will depart from Akron Ohio and go head to head with buses from 6 other cities to see who can create the most innovative business on their way to Boulder Colorado.

Once there where you'll get the chance to make your pitch on stage at Techstars' Boulder Startup Week.

We're not going to sugarcoat it, the ride to Colorado will be tough. We'll be stopping in cities all over the US and we're not going to tell you what they are. 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.

So what are you waiting for? Apply now for the chance to join the most exclusive community in tech and see if you have what it takes to hit the pedal to the metal.

See you on the other side!

The Maker Theme:

Teams on the Akron bus will be working on businesses targeting the Internet of Things and the Maker movement. Unlike other buses the Akron bus will have lots of hardware hacking and building of actual physical prototypes.

Your Akron Conductors:

 
A stunning photo of Will Yaworsky

Will Yaworsky

Adding things to the internet one toaster at a time.
A stunning photo of Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Co-founded Wastebits on the 2012 StartupBus out of Las Vegas. Since then Wastebits as Ray have been especially dedicated to giving back to the community that started it all: StartupBus.

Mentors:

 
A stunning photo of Chris Bue

Chris Bue

Nerdy girl embroiled in torrid love affair with her Roomba. Makes spreadsheets. Runs MakerBiz Chicago. Conductor of 2015 @StartupBusMAKE.
A stunning photo of Christopher Laco

Christopher Laco

Sr. Mgr, Software Development @Rackspace. Co Founder of @Wastebits. 3 time bus alumni with a StartupBus tattoo. Perl lover. Ruby on Rails rider. Musician.
A stunning photo of Gordon Schorr

Gordon Schorr

Senior Fellow, University of Akron Research Foundation. Guerrilla Entrepreneur without borders; connecting natural and logical partners to make others successful.

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