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.
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.)
“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
Jump on a bus, conceive, build and launch a startup with a team of strangers in 72 hours at 70 mph!
Every year the best and the brightest will come together to compete in StartupBus, the world’s most epic startup entrepreneurship 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, where buses from every corner of the continent will converge in the quest for StartupBus glory.
We're not going to sugarcoat it, the ride to the destination 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.
“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 isn’t just a hackathon on a Greyhound bus. It’s also a self-starter alumni organization that isn’t only about who you know. It’s built on ambition, ingenuity and rest stop hot dogs.”
“The StartupBus is the world’s most frenetic startup incubator – not to mention its most reality-TV-ready one – hurling along the freeway with a group of 30 or so ambitious entrepreneurs who have just met.”
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.