The year 2014 is the first year Greece participated in the annual StartupBus competition. After years of crisis and austerity, three young Greek men under the leadership of a Belgian made the entrepreneurial spirits of Greece rise again. Oh, and did we mention that the founder of StartupBus, Elias Bizannes, is of Greek descent? As an Australian-born Greek who has inspired entrepreneurial activity from his base in Silicon Valley to the rest of the world, he was very excited that we brought the StartupBus spirit to a country that in his eyes needs inspiration to rebuild itself.
We have put around 25 highly specialised strangers on a bus for 72 hours, let the bus drive from Athens to Pioneers Festival in Vienna and in the mean time give those strangers the chance to build out the startup of their dreams. During this amazing road trip the teams of the Greek bus compete against each other and the teams on seven other buses.
We selected 22 buspreneurs (software developers, designers and business minds or as we call it: hackers, hipsters and hustlers) to build 6 kick-ass startups on the bus: