Do you have what it takes

to build your dream startup?

Stop dreaming. Start pitching. Be the change you want to see on the StartupBus.

Created to empower the creators of the next generation of technology companies to disrupt the status quo, StartupBus is the legendary startup competition and boot camp that fast forwards lives and careers – changing how you see the world and your place in it.

A Competition Like No Other.

Equal parts boot camp and road trip, StartupBus is an annual competition designed to empower the tech community - challenging top tier talent to hop on a bus and conceive, build and launch a startup in just 72 hours.


Bus Routes



An International Gathering

of the best tech talents.

It’s our duty to attract adventurous people with big ideas and solid talents to execute: People with an urge to create. People still eager to learn. People who are open to unique perspectives. People that can work as a team.

Become part of a #DreamTeam you can’t buy your way into and join ranks with some of the most elite hackers, makers and influencers around.

What's in your #DreamTeam?
  • Developers.

    Folks who have the technical skills to know how to build the product. That can be back-end development, front-end development, hardware prototyping, game development, and more!

    Example skills: Unity. Node.js. Raspberry Pi. Ruby on Rails. Go. PHP. Jupyter. Swift. C#. Lua. Firebase. MongoDB. Electron. TensorFlow. Azure. OpenCV. DeepDream. Arduino.

  • Designers.

    Folks who can create not only intuitive products that look awesome, but also understand the needs of the users of your product through user research.

    Example skills: UX. Wireframes. Sketch. CSS. HTML. Illustrator. AR/VR. Javascript. Game Mechanics. After Effects. ChatBots. React Native. Experience Map. Invision. Branding. GIFs!

  • Influencers.

    Folks who can convince and persuade your target audience to use your product. They can be growth hackers, project managers, marketing experts, sales executives, and more!

    Example skills: Lead generation. Retargeting. KPI tracking. Revenue Models. Social Impact. Growth Hacking. Biz Dev. Hootsuite. PR. SEO. CRM. Budgeting. Rapportive. MailChimp. SWOT Analysis. OBS.

  • “StartupBus is a year’s worth of bonding in three days. It’s amazing. It’s unbelievable... I’ve got people all over the country that I can call up if I need help.”
    Brandon Leonardo, Co-Founder of Instacart
    Two co-founders first met on the StartupBus.
  • “StartupBus helps me really see what my strengths are and also tap into new strengths that I didn’t know that I have.“
    Falon Fatemi, CEO & Co-Founder of
    Series A backed by Mark Cuban and Avalon Ventures
  • “It’s a Navy SEAL bootcamp for tech entrepreneurs.”
    Greg Ross-Munro, Sourcetoad
    Founded Sourcetoad after riding the StartupBus.
  • “By the time we were off the bus we had established many connections that lead us to being funded within 3 months.”
    Rodney Williams, CEO of LISNR
    Series B backed by Intel Capital and R/GA Ventures

Experience the First Year

of a Startup in 5 Days.

StartupBus is an experience that is as real as it gets: You'll be building real working products. You'll be selling this product to gain real traction. You'll be pitching to real investors and advisors. This is no greenhouse environment unlike other startup boot camps.

Face it - the life of being a founder chasing your dreams will be way harder than riding the Bus. You'll be amazed by what you can achieve in only 5 days, knowing that if you can get through this, you can certainly conquer your next goals.

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The SWAT team of the

Startup Battlefield.

By joining StartupBus, you'll join a global network of tech entrepreneurs across the globe from Austin to Tallinn that are just as adventurous as you.

Start friendships that will last a lifetime and fill your rolodex with a list of insanely awesome people that you can call at any time, and fight with you on the startup battlefield.

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Competitions over 9 Years

Countries in 4 Continents


Hyper-Connected Alumni

An Adventure of a Lifetime.

Of course, the best part of being a road trip on a bus: You've got to see the world, and with great company. Just like founding a startup, the greatest part of a road trip isn't arriving at your destination; it's all the crazy stuff that happens along the way...

And StartupBus is certainly one of the craziest yet the most productive of all.

Entrepreneurship can't be taught —
But it can be learned.

Elias Bizannes, Founder of StartupBus

Meet the Speakers and Judges.

This year, StartupBus is evolving with a much improved final day programming with an all-star line-up of judges, as well as speakers delivering crucial wisdom for all up-and-coming entrepreneurs and founders.

See our entire line-up

  • Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Change Catalyst and its Tech Inclusion programs with passion to inspire entrepreneurs to use technology to change the world.

  • Melinda is a TED speaker, diversity and inclusion advocate and leader building inclusive innovation economies around the world. She has more than 20 years of experience elevating brands and developing business innovation strategies for entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies and global NGOs. As CEO of Change Catalyst, Melinda works with the tech industry to solve diversity and inclusion together. She co-leads a series of global solutions-focused conferences called Tech Inclusion, and is Director at Backstage Capital, where she develops startup programs and builds inclusive entrepreneur ecosystems for underrepresented founders.

  • Alicia Syrett is the Founder/CEO of Pantegrion Capital, an angel investment vehicle focused on seed and early stage investments, and The Point 25 Initiative which helps women-led companies build robust Advisory Boards. She was named as one of LinkedIn’s 2018 “Top Voices in Startups and Entrepreneurship,” one of the “30 Women in Venture Capital to Watch in 2018” by Business Insider, and one of the “25 Angel Investors in New York You Need to Know” by AlleyWatch. She has appeared on CNBC and MSNBC 100+ times, and her TED talk on “Why VCs and Angel Investors Say ‘No’ to Entrepreneurs” has been viewed over 70,000 times.

Stop Dreaming. Start Pitching.

Follow the footsteps of the founders of Instacart, LISNR, Major League Hacking, Sunrise, and more.

Apply for your seat on StartupBus today.

Get on the Bus

Choose your adventure.

For 2019, we have eight bus routes lined up. Each bus will depart from their regions heading to New Orleans in Summer. View the teams and conductors on each bus below.

Destination: New Orleans.

Crossroads of America.

Rated #1 Place to Go in 2018 by the New York Times, the tricentennial city of New Orleans is situated at the center of North America, where all buses can conveniently converge at one spot.

A Vibrant Culture and Tech Scene.

Not only does the city provide great support for building startups, New Orleans is simply magnetic with its majestic neighborhoods, diverse culture, and vibrant nightlife.

Word on the street.

What are you waiting for?

The buses depart in days, hours, minutes, and seconds.

Opportunities wait for no one. Apply now and reserve your seat.

Apply Now!

About StartupBus.

StartupBus is a tech entrepreneurship boot camp and global championship on wheels.

We disrupt the status quo by fostering the next generation of leaders in tech and bridging the tech gap across continents.

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