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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“An annual rite of passage for the tech industry.”
“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 mother of all hackathons... Imagine building a real startup in a compressed time capsule traveling at 60 miles per hour.”
“[StartupBus] is like MTV's "Road Rules" meets Y Combinator. It's all the drama and frustration and excitement of launching a company condensed in three days while you're on a bus.”