Stop dreaming. Start pitching. Let StartupBus accelerate you to be the change you want to see.
Created to empower the next generation of builders, StartupBus is an curated community uncovered by its world-renowned experience that seasons lives, shapes communities, and shakes industries
For 2022, we have seven routes lined up recruiting from 11 regions and heading to Austin, Texas in Summer. Note sure which bus you should pick? Check out the conductors, media coverage, and winning teams from each bus below.
A hackathon. A media production. A startup competition. A package tour bus. We are all of that and none of that.
StartupBus is a experience that transforms lives - by challenging top tier talent to hop on a bus and conceive, build and launch a startup in just a few days.
We attract the crazy. The outsiders. The dooers. The tinkerers. The adventurers. We evaluate all those that apply and put the very best through our competitio, a unique experience that connects you to the hundreds of people that have gone before. People with an urge to create. People eager to learn. People who are open to unique perspectives. People that can work as a team despite the hardest constraints.
It's no coincidence we've seen multiple billion dollar companies get formed by our alumni. In most cases, with each other.
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.
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 an experience that is as real as it gets: You'll be building real products. You'll be selling this product to gain real traction. You'll be pitching to real investors. And as if that was not hard enough, we find ways to make it even harder.
You'll be amazed by what you can achieve under our constaints based approach to innovation. By pushing you beyond your comfort zone we will make you see a new you. One thing we promise as well: you will rethink the way things should get done, forever.
By joining StartupBus, you'll join a global network of tech talent across the globe that are just as passionate and 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.
Of course, the best part of being a road trip on a bus: You've got to see the world, and with great company. Just like founding a startup, the greatest part of a road trip isn't arriving at your destination; it's all the crazy stuff that happens along the way...
StartupBus is the craziest way to make things happen.
Over the past 15 years, the city has become a hub for high-tech companies across many other areas of specialization, including a plethora of start-ups offering SaaS and mobile applications.
Austin continues its surge as one of the top American tech hubs. Many say it now rivals Silicon Valley and may be crawling out of the COVID-19 pandemic in a business sense even better than its California counterpart.
Become the leader within the tech community in your region and organize events on behalf of StartupBus as a Conductor!
StartupBus accelerates talents to start their own business. Have your product and brand be a meaningful part of their journey from day one.
Support our Diversity Fellowship Program, which allows riders from underrepsented or low-income communities experience our transformative entrepreneur boot camp at a lower cost.
“An annual rite of passage for the tech industry.”
“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] is like MTV's "Road Rules" meets Y Combinator. It's all the drama and frustration and excitement of launching a company condensed in three days while you're on a bus.”
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