This summer the best and the brightest will come together to compete 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 8th year in a row, @TheStartupBus will depart from New York, New York and go head to head with buses from 6 other cities to see who can create the most innovative business. Once we arrive in New Orleans, you’ll get the chance to make your final pitch to kickass StartupBus alumni and incredible judges that we’ll be bringing in.

We’re not going to sugarcoat it, the ride to New Orleans 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 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!

Your New York City Conductors:

A stunning photo of Madelena Mak

Madelena Mak

Madelena is the founder and designer of MiniMap, and the award-winning mentor-in-residence at Startup Institute. She had previously designed for Trillian, an instant messenger that had reached the top of iPhone and Android app stores, as well as ZocDoc and FindDoc, both critically acclaimed doctor search engines serving the United States and Southern China respectively. Her work had been featured in Wired Magazine, CBS, technical.ly, and Brooklyn Paper. She had been awarded at TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in 2013, NYC Big Apps in 2013 and AngelHack in 2014. She travelled on the New York City bus in StartupBus 2014, and she led her team towards the finals of the competition.

Twitter: @MadelenaMak
Instagram: @MadelenaMak
Website: MadelenaMak.com
A stunning photo of Amy Hua

Amy Hua

Amy has 4 years of experience as a front-end software engineer in the data startup space and formerly taught programming classes for Girls Who Code and the New York Code & Design Academy. She currently works on product strategy & development at local search-and-discovery startup Live, where she gets to contemplate daily about places and spaces. Amy loves learning almost everything from painting to math proofs and believes in living in ways that are brave, passionate, and large.
A stunning photo of Ajay Desai

Ajay Desai

Ajay is a //business-technology nerd. Before college, he was running his own IT services business and was a key player in early cloud (hosted infrastructure) startups in Dallas, TX. Along the way, he's done everything from building data centers, architecting the dark fiber that powers the internet and helped companies like Apigee (now Google Cloud) assist Fortune 500 companies in Digital Transformation; wrapping their heads around Mobile, Cloud, API's, Big Data and beyond.
Recently, he's consulted with early stage start-ups from consumer to enterprise SaaS plays in strategy, funding and business development, ranging from YC to Venture-backed ones including AirPair (StartUp Bus 2014!)
Right now Ajay is building a FinTech startup, using Ethereum, AI and ML technologies to create a democratized platform for consumers, and searching for incredible people to be a part of StartupBus 2017!


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