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The Startups.

In 2018, more than a hundred new Buspreneurs embarked on their entrepreneur journey and had launched 25 startups, with a wide variety ranging from blockchain-based pet identity service to presets for synthesizers.

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The Buses.

For 2018, we had nine bus routes lined up, featuring brand new origin cities such as Detroit and Dallas, TX. Additionally, with the support of IBM Blockchain, we launched the first-ever Women+TGNC in Blockchain bus. Each bus departed from their regions heading to New Orleans in Spring to coincide with New Orleans Jazz Festival and Collision Conference.

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.

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.

1 Bus Trip.


3 Awe-Inspiring Festivals.

We have carefully calibrated the dates so that you get to experience the road trip and the city of New Orleans to their fullest, at the intersection of technology and humanities:

Not only you will get to participate in our competition, you will also get to meet and pitch to the 20,000+ tech executives and attendees heading to Collision Conference, as well as the top artistic talents who are in town checking out the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals.

(* Tickets to New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals and Collision Conference are not included, and are sold separately from the respective vendors.)

Media Coverage.

The Women+TGNC in Blockchain bus stole the spotlight this year, with extensive coverage by NBC News, Forbes, and BuzzFeed.

The StartupBus North America 2018 Crew

Director

A stunning photo of Madelena Mak

Madelena Mak

North America Senior Director 2019 - present
Advancing Black Entrepreneurs Creator 2019
North America National Director 2018
New York Lead Conductor 2017
New York Buspreneur 2014

Madelena is a user experience designer and creative director. She had previously designed Trillian, a chart-topping instant messenger, as well as ZocDoc and FindDoc. Her team was a finalist in StartupBus North America 2014. She is also currently a board member of StartOut New York, and an advocate for LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

A stunning photo of Madelena Mak

Madelena Mak

North America Senior Director 2019 - present
Advancing Black Entrepreneurs Creator 2019
North America National Director 2018
New York Lead Conductor 2017
New York Buspreneur 2014

Madelena is a user experience designer and creative director. She had previously designed Trillian, a chart-topping instant messenger, as well as ZocDoc and FindDoc. Her team was a finalist in StartupBus North America 2014. She is also currently a board member of StartOut New York, and an advocate for LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

Conductors

A stunning photo of Colleen Wong

Colleen Wong

NA National Director 2019 - present
ABP Creator 2019
WB Lead Conductor 2018
NY Buspreneur 2017

A stunning photo of Ajay Desai

Ajay Desai

NA Head of Strategic Partnerships 2019
ABP Conductor 2019
TX Conductor 2018
NY Conductor 2017

A stunning photo of Raúl González García

Raúl González García

MX Conductor 2019
MX Conductor 2018

A stunning photo of Monica Santos

Monica Santos

NY Conductor 2019
WB Producer 2018

A stunning photo of Theresa Hines

Theresa Hines

SL Conductor 2018
SL Conductor 2017
VC Conductor 2016

A stunning photo of Jalil Alchy

Jalil Alchy

DT Conductor 2018

A stunning photo of Robert Blacklidge

Robert Blacklidge

FL Lead Conductor 2018
FL Buspreneur 2017

A stunning photo of Chris McElveen

Chris McElveen

FL Conductor 2018

A stunning photo of Luis Raymundo Perea Kuri

Luis Raymundo Perea Kuri

MX Conductor 2018

A stunning photo of Colleen Lavin

Colleen Lavin

NY Conductor 2018
NY Buspreneur 2017

A stunning photo of Kristine Jennings

Kristine Jennings

SL Conductor 2018
NY Buspreneur 2014

A stunning photo of Priya Jhingan

Priya Jhingan

SV Conductor 2018

A stunning photo of Benjamin James Linville

Benjamin James Linville

OH Conductor 2018

A stunning photo of Keit Kollo

Keit Kollo

WB Conductor 2018
SV Mentor 2016
EU Regional Director 2016
UK Conductor 2015

A stunning photo of Colleen Wong

Colleen Wong

NA National Director 2019 - present
ABP Creator 2019
WB Lead Conductor 2018
NY Buspreneur 2017

A stunning photo of Ajay Desai

Ajay Desai

NA Head of Strategic Partnerships 2019
ABP Conductor 2019
TX Conductor 2018
NY Conductor 2017

A stunning photo of Raúl González García

Raúl González García

MX Conductor 2019
MX Conductor 2018

A stunning photo of Monica Santos

Monica Santos

NY Conductor 2019
WB Producer 2018

A stunning photo of Theresa Hines

Theresa Hines

SL Conductor 2018
SL Conductor 2017
VC Conductor 2016

A stunning photo of Jalil Alchy

Jalil Alchy

DT Conductor 2018

A stunning photo of Robert Blacklidge

Robert Blacklidge

FL Lead Conductor 2018
FL Buspreneur 2017

A stunning photo of Chris McElveen

Chris McElveen

FL Conductor 2018

A stunning photo of Luis Raymundo Perea Kuri

Luis Raymundo Perea Kuri

MX Conductor 2018

A stunning photo of Colleen Lavin

Colleen Lavin

NY Conductor 2018
NY Buspreneur 2017

A stunning photo of Kristine Jennings

Kristine Jennings

SL Conductor 2018
NY Buspreneur 2014

A stunning photo of Priya Jhingan

Priya Jhingan

SV Conductor 2018

A stunning photo of Benjamin James Linville

Benjamin James Linville

OH Conductor 2018

A stunning photo of Keit Kollo

Keit Kollo

WB Conductor 2018
SV Mentor 2016
EU Regional Director 2016
UK Conductor 2015

Mentors

A stunning photo of Nick Persico

Nick Persico

DT Mentor 2018
NY Mentor 2017

A stunning photo of Prateek Gupta

Prateek Gupta

FL Mentor 2018
NY Mentor 2017
SV Conductor 2016
Board Member 2016
SV Conductor 2014

And also...

A stunning photo of Alice Ng

Alice Ng

NA Head of Event Production 2018
NY Conductor 2014

A stunning photo of Akira Mitchell

Akira Mitchell

FL Conductor 2019
NA Production Manager 2018

A stunning photo of Will Yaworsky

Will Yaworsky

NA Advisor 2018
NA National Director 2017
OH Conductor 2016

A stunning photo of Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

NA Advisor 2018
NA National Director 2017
OH Conductor 2016

A stunning photo of Carl Shotwell

Carl Shotwell

NA Advisor 2018
NA National Director 2016
CH Conductor 2015

A stunning photo of Jonathan Gottfried

Jonathan Gottfried

NA Judge 2018
NA National Director 2014
NY Conductor 2013

A stunning photo of Andrew Pinzler

Andrew Pinzler

NA Judge 2018
NA Director of Operations 2014
NY Conductor 2013

Sponsors.

StartupBus Alumni Sponsors.

StartupBus Diversity Fellowship Sponsors.

StartupBus Partners.

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.

Wanna partner with us?

Email us at directors@startupbus.com.