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Diversity Fellowship Program.

At StartupBus we encourage and promote diversity in the recruitment of our riders, because we believe that a strong talent pool with the widest range of backgrounds creates the most revolutionary ideas that impacts the most people.

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Entrepreneurship can't be taught —
But it can be learned.

Do you have what it takes

to build your dream startup?

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.

A Competition Like No Other.

Equal parts hackathon, road trip and global community, 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 72 hours.


Bus Routes



Only the Best of the Best.

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.

What's in your #DreamTeam?


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.

Example skills: UX. Wireframes. Sketch. CSS. HTML. Illustrator. AR/VR. Javascript. Game Mechanics. After Effects. ChatBots. React Native. Experience Map. Invision. Branding. GIFs!


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 a year’s worth of bonding in three days. It’s amazing. It’s unbelievable... I’ve got people all over the country that I can call up if I need help.”
    Brandon Leonardo, Co-Founder of Instacart
    Two co-founders first met on the StartupBus.
  • “StartupBus helps me really see what my strengths are and also tap into new strengths that I didn’t know that I have.“
    Falon Fatemi, CEO & Co-Founder of
    Series A backed by Mark Cuban and Avalon Ventures
  • “It’s a Navy SEAL bootcamp for tech entrepreneurs.”
    Greg Ross-Munro, Sourcetoad
  • “By the time we were off the bus we had established many connections that lead us to being funded within 3 months.”
    Rodney Williams, CEO of LISNR
    Series B backed by Intel Capital and R/GA Ventures

Experience the First Year

of a Startup in 5 Days.

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.

You'll be amazed by what you can achieve in only 5 days.

The SWAT team of the

Startup Battlefield.

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.

Competitions over 9 Years

Countries in 4 Continents


Hyper-Connected Alumni

Stop Dreaming. Start Pitching.

Follow the footsteps of the founders of Instacart, LISNR, Major League Hacking, Sunrise, and more.

Apply for your seat on StartupBus today.

Apply Now

Choose your adventure.

For 2018, we have nine bus routes lined up. Each bus will depart from their regions heading to New Orleans in Spring. View the teams and conductors on each bus below.


Diversity Fellowship Sponsors

Alumni Sponsors


Word on the street.

What are you waiting for?

The buses depart in days. hours. minutes. . milliseconds.

Opportunities wait for no one. Apply now and reserve your seat.

Apply Now!

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