"Entrepreneurship can't be taught – but it can be learned"

Our Mission

Empowering people to disrupt the status quo and create a better life for us all.

So What Is It?

Equal parts hackathon, road trip and global community, 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 72 hours.


Created to develop and inspire creators of the next generation of technology companies through unique experiences and inspirational connections, StartupBus is a bootcamp that fast forwards lives and careers – changing how people see the world and their place in it.
Even though our competitions are legendary, the ultimate goal is to build the largest network of tested entrepreneurs on the planet, with unprecedented access to a diverse pool of talent, ideas and resources.

How we roll

“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 a Navy SEAL bootcamp for tech entrepreneurs”
— Greg Ross-Munro, 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

Our Buses

We currently have seven buses lined up. Each bus will depart from their regions and head to New Orleans this summer. Apply now and select the bus you're interested in.


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Tech Ecosystems Connected

Alumni Sponsor Portfolio

During or after the competition, our Alumni have created some incredible companies. Here are just a few who have decided to sponsor this year's competition.


Jump on a bus, conceive, build and launch a startup with a team of strangers in 72 hours at 70 mph!


This Summer the best and the brightest will come together to compete in StartupBus Americas 8, 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 down to New Orleans, where buses from 2 countries will converge in the quest for StartupBus glory.

What am I getting myself into?

We're not going to sugarcoat it, the ride to New Orleans 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 – contact us.

Epicness awaits.


JUL 31 - AUG 4 2017

Destination: New Orleans

Join a kick ass global community

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.

For our participants 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.

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Need a new adventure?

Alumni Sponsors

Alumni Sponsorship Options

About StartupBus

StartupBus believes entrepreneurship can't be taught but it can be learned through unique experiences.

Want to partner with us?

Email: sponsorship@startupbus.com