StartupBus Entrepreneurs Summit 2019
Learn how to become a tech entrepreneur with two days of keynotes, talks, and demos from the top investors, founders, and tech talents across North America.
July 27 - 28, 2019  •  Saturday + Sunday
2 Locations in New Orleans, LA
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What is the StartupBus Entrepreneurs Summit?

Since 2010, prominent investors, founders, and top tech talents across the continent had graced the StartupBus stage every year on the final day of our competitions. For our 10th anniversary, we are aiming to deliver the ultimate experience to transform top tech talents across the continent into founders, and inspire everyone to make waves in the startup world.


Featuring leaders in tech, entrepreneurship, and diversity & inclusion such as Wayne Sutton, Melinda Epler, Elias Bizannes, and more.


Showcasing the best pitches and tech demos from the top talents across North America in our annual competition.

Talks + Panels.

Topics covering everything an entrepreneur should know before getting into the tech startup scene.

Join us for our Entrepreneur Summit in New Orleans on July 27th and 28th consisting of pitches and demos of our freshly formed startups and valuable wisdom from esteemed speakers and judges in keynotes, talks, and panels. All aspiring entrepreneurs are welcome with a 2-day ticket pass available for sale now.

The Speakers and Judges.

An all-star line-up of judges and speakers to inspire promising entrepreneurs and startup founders and equip them with the essential wisdom for the long road ahead.
  • Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Change Catalyst and its Tech Inclusion programs with passion to inspire entrepreneurs to use technology to change the world.

  • Melinda is a TED speaker, diversity and inclusion advocate and leader building inclusive innovation economies around the world. She has more than 20 years of experience elevating brands and developing business innovation strategies for entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies and global NGOs. As CEO of Change Catalyst, Melinda works with the tech industry to solve diversity and inclusion together. She co-leads a series of global solutions-focused conferences called Tech Inclusion, and is Director at Backstage Capital, where she develops startup programs and builds inclusive entrepreneur ecosystems for underrepresented founders.

  • Alicia Syrett is the Founder/CEO of Pantegrion Capital, an angel investment vehicle focused on seed and early stage investments, and The Point 25 Initiative which helps women-led companies build robust Advisory Boards. She was named as one of LinkedIn’s 2018 “Top Voices in Startups and Entrepreneurship,” one of the “30 Women in Venture Capital to Watch in 2018” by Business Insider, and one of the “25 Angel Investors in New York You Need to Know” by AlleyWatch. She has appeared on CNBC and MSNBC 100+ times, and her TED talk on “Why VCs and Angel Investors Say ‘No’ to Entrepreneurs” has been viewed over 70,000 times.

  • Madelena is currently the Digital Director at StartupBus, and had previously directed our 9th and 10th annual competitions. Featured on the Startup Podcast, Nasdaq, Wired Magazine, and CBS News, Madelena has designed user experience for many startups and organizations, such as, the United Nations, Trillian, Remesh, ZocDoc, and GoGoVan. She advocates for diversity and inclusion of transgender and queer communities through StartOut and Impact Hub. No stranger to hackathons and startup competitions, she had also been awarded by the Mayor's Office of New York City at NYC Big Apps and by TechCrunch at TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon.

A stunning photo of Calanthia Mei

Calanthia Mei

Senior Associate, PayPal Ventures

A stunning photo of Sabrina Short

Sabrina Short

Founder & Director, NOLAVATE Black

A stunning photo of Jorge Ribs

Jorge Ribs

CEO and Co-Founder, Bridgefy

A stunning photo of Colleen Wong

Colleen Wong

National Director, StartupBus North America 2019

A stunning photo of Sloan Miller

Sloan Miller

Executive Director, INNO

A stunning photo of William Spencer

William Spencer

Angel Investing Hobo

A stunning photo of Keit Kollo

Keit Kollo

Product Manager, Weav Music, Director, StartupBus Europe 2016

A stunning photo of Kate Yoo McCrery

Kate Yoo McCrery

Director, Loyola University New Orleans

A stunning photo of Parker McCurley

Parker McCurley

CEO, Decent Labs

More speakers to be announced. In the event of the cancellation of a speaker, we will try our best to replace them with a speaker of similar caliber.


The StartupBus Entrepreneurs Summit spans two days over the weekend of July 27 - 28, across two locations in New Orleans.

July 27.

Qualification Round Demos

and Panels.

Dozens of teams from across the continent will pitch their ideas to the public, while the judges will discuss what it takes to craft a great pitch to investors.

July 28.

Keynotes, Talks,

and Final Round Demos.

A full day jam-packed with morning and afternoon keynotes, pitch demos from the best teams of our competition, as well as talks and panels in between with a few awesome surprises.

What are you waiting for?

Limited passes available. Don't miss your chance meeting the top investors, founders, and tech talents across the continent!

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About StartupBus.

StartupBus is a tech entrepreneurship boot camp and global championship on wheels.

We disrupt the status quo by fostering the next generation of leaders in tech and bridging the tech gap across worlds.

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