What do you get when you put 30 women⁺ on a bus and give them 72 hours to conceive, build, and launch a blockchain startup?


On April 27, some of the best and brightest will come together to compete in the most epic competition North America has ever seen. Combining the energy of a hackathon and the magic of a road trip, we bring you– the ultimate adventure on wheels.

For the 9th year in a row, @TheStartupBus will depart from New York City and compete with buses from 9 other cities to create the most innovative business concepts.

This year, the New York bus will be the first-ever StartupBus exclusively for women⁺ and gender non-conforming folks. Better yet, we’re making HERSTORY by pushing our riders to leverage the power of blockchain technology.

What is blockchain?

You’ve probably heard about blockchain most recently in conversations about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. But blockchain is more than just a technology that enables digital currency.

Blockchain is an emerging technology that essentially acts as an incorruptible decentralized ledger of transactions that can be programmed to record anything of value. This ensures security through transparency, establishing trust between all parties involved. From financial inclusion to supply chain, to land rights, agriculture, sustainable energy, and governance, blockchain has the potential to disrupt and revolutionize every industry!

What if I don’t know about blockchain?

We’re carefully selecting women⁺ riders who have a deep understanding of issues in their communities, a profound sense of responsibility to contribute to society, and the entrepreneurial tenacity to bring their visions of a better world to life.

Knowledge about blockchain is a plus, but not required. Riders will engage in an educational workshop about the technical and practical value of blockchain (hosted by program sponsor IBM).

Why women⁺ and blockchain?

Blockchain is rapidly transforming the world, but women are severely underrepresented in the space, comprising only 4 to 6 percent of blockchain investors. In January, the North American Bitcoin Conference featured 84 men speakers and only three women.

“There are some incredibly talented and successful women in the Blockchain community already doing amazing things. However, at most industry events you still a more male dominated environment. In fact, a recent survey revealed that women make up just 1.76% of the blockchain community. Blockchain is one of the most disruptive technologies we have ever experienced, so we want to encourage more women to get involved and lead the way in shaping its future.” -Daria Arefieva, CEO of CryptoFriends

Indeed, the early days matter most in shaping the direction of new technologies, and this is why we are passionate about empowering women in blockchain right now. We’ll be providing our women riders with the ideal environment and the right tools to help them develop the confidence, negotiation skills, and communication tactics needed to reach their full potential– on the bus and beyond.

What happens on the journey?

Once everyone During the 72 hours on the bus, our women⁺ riders will form teams, and have the unique opportunity to conceive, build, and launch a fully-functional product ready to be pitched to investors.arrives in New Orleans, the collaborative turns competitive as riders participate in a multi-round pitch competition.

The ride from New York City to New Orleans will be a challenging adventure. Like every entrepreneur’s journey, there’ll be surprises and stops along the way. You’ll push yourself beyond your limits and change your perspectives of what is possible. We promise you, it will all be worth it. You’ll make lifelong friends, meet potential business partners, and have the experience of a lifetime!

So what are you waiting for? Apply Now for the chance to make HERSTORY and see if you have what it takes to put the pedal to the metal.

See you on the other side!

P.S. Not interested in a women⁺-only or blockchain-only bus? There will be a second New York bus, too!

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The StartupBus New York Crew

The 2018 Crew

A stunning photo of Colleen Wong

Colleen Wong

Conductor - 2018
Buspreneur - 2017

A stunning photo of Sriram Sridharan

Sriram Sridharan

Conductor - 2018
Buspreneur - 2016

Previous Crew Members

A stunning photo of Madelena Mak

Madelena Mak

National Director - 2018
Lead Conductor - 2017
Buspreneur - 2014

A stunning photo of Ajay Desai

Ajay Desai

Conductor - 2018
Conductor - 2017

A stunning photo of Nick Persico

Nick Persico

Mentor - 2017

A stunning photo of Prateek Gupta

Prateek Gupta

Mentor - 2017
Conductor - 2016
Board Member - 2016
Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Donald Whyte

Donald Whyte

Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Laura Cartagena

Laura Cartagena

Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Jennifer Shaw

Jennifer Shaw

Conductor - 2015

A stunning photo of Edwin Rogers

Edwin Rogers

Conductor - 2015

A stunning photo of Nate Cooper

Nate Cooper

Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Alice Ng

Alice Ng

Conductor - 2014

About StartupBus

StartupBus believes that entrepreneurship can't be taught but it can be learned through unique experiences.

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