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The Dutch bus has its kickoff yesterday at Rockstart in Amsterdam. The event was open to the public, so it was a good opportunity for us to connect with the wider Amsterdam startup eco-system. With our partners from AppHappening, Cronos, Rockstart and Github we used the day to get to know each other and listen to seminars about how to be better entrepreneurs and better use the products of our sponsors to build our startups. We even had workshops from very inspiring entrepreneurs Kees van Nunen and Nick Stevens!
The night was spend networking and getting a bit of sleep, and this morning we left Amsterdam after attaching our stickers to the side. Right after the bus got on the highway we started pitching our various business ideas and build our teams. As always it was a big chaos to build the teams. In the end 4 teams were formed before getting to Antwerp for a bit of stationary work, presentation of our ideas to the rest of the bus, and to hear a couple of talks from our partner THINK with People.
So, without further ado we are proud to introduce our 4 teams to the world:
There is a big information overload these days. And most of this information is delivered via text. With Flickr at first, and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter after that it got more visual. But that isn’t enough! Every message needs to be delivered visually. They want to present all the information in the world in a very visual way. Understandable and intuitive. They want to become the future google with only visualizations.
A startup is for everyone different, but also for a lot of people scary to be a part of. StartupTycoon is going to build a game thats lets you experience the startup way. It will show how it is like to have a startup with includes all the aspect of the startup ecosystem. Founding, hiring, scaling, capital, exits, its all part of it. It’s a dream scenario for aspiring entrepreneurs. On a fun and informative way.
Out of the Blue
Everybody is stressed these days. Something a depression is part of the process of becoming a better human being. Your process of recovery should be as comfortable as possible. Out of The Blue is helping with the recovery process for depressions and want to stimulate meaningful communication in the process. Bringing people back from falling in a black hole where they can’t get out of. Their main objective is improving and revolutionizing communication between therapist and patient. A communication tool for the depressed and almost depressed. They plan to work through a buddy system to have feedback and extra helping hand.
Unplanned is an app that algorithmically shows people the best things to do and see in a new city. By using checkins and ratings Unplanned shows whichever attraction is the best in each catagory, whether museum, park, bar or similar category.
We are at Startplatz at the moment waiting to crush the German teams in the StartupBus Europe Pitch Battle!
Around 7pm yesterday evening the French StartupBus held its kick-off event at the magnificent Hotel Lotti near the world famous Louvre museum in Paris. We talked about how StartupBus is not only about building a product and validating a business plan in three days but more so about getting out of your comfort zone. This was proven immediately after the introduction talk as the newest generation of buspreneurs had to present themselves to their colleagues using a microphone, which not everyone was used to.
Afterwards the buspreneurs went on a Tour de Paris with a party bus and drove around Paris while hopping off and on at hot spots like Place de la Concorde and Pont Neuf.
With the StartupBus Europe about to launch I bet all you buspreneurs are looking into refining your business pitch. The better your initial pitch off course the better a change you can actually can try to build the business around your idea in the road-trip which starts already this coming Sunday!
Most people write down what they think in their head would make all the different elements of this pitch, practice it a bit in front of the mirror, to their peers or maybe even just some random person walking by on the street. What is it though you need to say, what are the items to think about from your business which are important to your business? What problem are you trying to solve? How will you solve this? All very important questions which you need to take into account when pitching an idea.
To make sure you don’t forget anything the guys from Elevatr created this helpful app. The app will help you get your startup off the ground and start thinking from concept to an actually company. In 5 steps you will start thinking about your Business Plan, Customer Discovery, Product Development, Company Building and Company Growth. An ideal start to getting that preparation going on for our upcoming event.
What kind of tools do you think are helpful also. Tools which helped you out in the past, or maybe some friends? Be sure to leave them in the comments, this could become real handy in the next couple of days 😉
My journey with StartupBus began in 2010. I was sitting in a hotel room in Tampa, Florida the night before I left on a cruise with my then girlfriend, Caleigh. It had been a long time since I had taken a good holiday, so I was looking forward to the deserved break! While Caleigh was in the shower, I decided to go online and do some quick email followups. I knew I would be in serious trouble if I tried to do this during our holiday, so I thought it best to sneak in beforehand. While online, I also checked my Facebook. The top item in my newsfeed read something like this:
“So – apparently an idea that I had while drinking at the pub is being taken half seriously. Does anyone else think it’s a good idea to get a bus full of entrepreneurs to build businesses en route to SxSW from Silicon Valley”. This shout-out came from my old school friend, Elias Bizannes. I remember that moment, and I remember thinking that this could be something really great! I wrote to him, letting him know that I would be on holiday for a few days but that I would contact him on my return to Sydney.
First StartupBus sponsor
Within less than two weeks, my software development Company – eStrategy Group – had become the first sponsor of the first StartupBus. I was proud to see our name up in lights with Atlassian – who are an inspiration to all Australian companies, but particularly those of us from the tech world.
I needn’t fill you in on the rest of the details! Years have passed, and StartupBus is now a large and well-respected institution in the startup scene. And I am pleased to be involved again with my current startup, AppHappening, being platinum sponsor for the Netherlands bus.
AppHappening competition for a final seat in the bus!
To strengthen our commitment to ensuring that the Netherlands bus has the finest selection of entrepreneurs (or AppGeniuses as we like to call them over at AppHappening), we are giving the general public one more shot to win an elusive seat on the Netherlands bus. We are running a competition at www.apphappening.com/competition to choose one more lucky person for the privilege of having an all-expenses paid trip. The opportunity to work with some of the best hackers, hustlers and creatives in the game on a “take-no-prisoners” 72hr journey where not only businesses will be built, but so will life-long connections and networks.
AppHappening Award and philosophy of an idea
Further, we will be awarding one lucky business with the AppHappening Award this year. This award includes a co-funding prize to be spent on developing your application on our unique platform AppHappening supports people who are great at their craft. And we are trying to build a community where anybody who has an idea for an app can find the support they need from the experts they need to have it built. We recognize above all that, while it’s great to have an idea, you also need the network and community to help make that idea a reality. So, for us, StartupBus was just another way of delivering our same business-as-usual model in a disruptive fashion. And we are looking forward to seeing the results.
So come on over to our website and have a read about how we are doing things a little differently. We want to be the one-stop-shop for people who have great ideas but need support to get them off the ground. And while you are there, please enter the competition so you can join us on the Netherlands bus of StartupBus Europe 2013.
Last preparations for our 2013 Europe journey are running. We are proud to have such an amazing pool of applicants who want to participate in this life changing event.
To make it even better, we are giving out free accommodation scholarships to a few of you thanks to our sponsor NH Hoteles.
The scholarships includes 4 nights á 25 Euros in a world-class hotel.
To get the scholarship, apply at europe.startupbus.com/apply and let us know, why we should pick you.
As we are approaching the end of the recruitments for busses, I realize I have been asking this question probably 10 times a day : why do you want to be in the StartupBus ?
It reminded me the time I was an applicant too, last year for the 2012′ LeWeb Edition.
So I digged into my old files, and found my application letter. Feeling nostalgic, I decided I would share it with you 🙂
Have you ever noticed that the more you want something, the hardest it becomes to formulate? This works for a job application, a love letter, a startupbus application…
So I decided to write it down “freestyle”. no bullshit or premaid phrases, just me and my guts.
I assume this the best way for you to get who I am, and for me not to over think it, and get the job done 😉
When I first heard about Startup Bus in Europe a few weeks ago, I thought “Damn, this is so cool, I wish I could get in!”
So I went through the website and there, I realized this was an initiative from Elias Bizannes. Wait ??!! Is that the Australian guy that created the startup House in SF I settled in three months ago?
Just to make you understand… Sure I knew before that being around of a group of passionate people would be something “valuable”. But there I experienced it. And I realized how passionate I was about staying around other startupers. You know, those only people to whom you can tell about some of your crazy idea and actually start building them straight away: no “but”, no “that is impossible”, no fear… I loved sharing with people like me, and feel part of a family.
So I thought “oh, I really want to to get in the StartupBus!”
And then I met that passionate girl, Sandra, through a debate on a fb group a few weeks ago. She is Austrian, I am French, but still we decided we wanted to see our ideas come to life, and started working on it. She told me yesterday she experienced the bus, and that she had some invites she would be happy to share with me. Stars were aligning!
So now I think…, I HAVE to get in.
2# What can I add to a group?
In a group, I am the one that comes up with lots of ideas. Some are great, other sucks… In both cases, what matters are the discussions and enthusiasm that gets then created among the team members. Resonate with others and setting up a common goal, that’s something I love, and I believe I am good at.
I also have pretty much experience on project management now, from my ‘past life’ and freelancing.
My boyfriend is jealous of Balsamiq my forever-beloved-prototyping software, I am comfy with Photoshop, I know how to prioritize tasks, how to define and adapt a short production planning, and more important of all how to make people in my team enjoy their work and have fun.
3# Who am I?
Some people think I am a dreamer. I’d like to think that I am a positive person, open-minded and truly passionate about what I do.
Some people think I am crazy. I’d like to think that I am driven and persistent.
For example, I could barely code a <br> tag a few months ago. Now I can confidently deal with front-end design (HTML5, CSS3, Jquery).
Hopefully I managed to get your attention (if not are you opened to any kind of food corruption? Because if you get me in, know that I will cook a cake for you… Who passes on that?)
Hope to talk on skype soon,
See you soon on the bus guys!
Comic explains it all! 🙂
Today we are proudly announcing our second platinum sponsor for the German StartupBus, the Accenture GmbH. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 275,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013.
Shared vision of Accenture and StartupBus
Accenture is globally operating with thousands of consultants worldwide, StartupBus is becoming a global collaboration network of Buspreneurs; furthermore, we share the same vision: We create a global network of collaboration. We work efficiently and smart to cope with arising complexity and rapid change. We prototype from ideas focused on the customers’ needs. We build what we conceptualize. We develop products that allow people to keep up with the pace!
Accenture supporting Buspreneurs
Representatives from Accenture will also participate in the life-changing German StartupBus journey from Berlin via Cologne, Karlsruhe, Munich to Vienna. They will coach, mentor and assist Buspreneurs with their expertise, but also challenge them. They will witness how Buspreneurs start storming, norming, performing in a fresh-baked team building a product from scratch within 72 hours! And the Managing Director Communication Media Technology we welcome in our Final Jury.
Antena 3 cubrirá parte de la ruta hacia el Festival Pionner de Viena
Los asientos del autobús de StarupBus Spain comienzan a tener sus primeros nombres. El proceso de selección de candidatos continúa con el cronómetro en cuenta atrás. Cada vez quedan menos días para poner en marcha nuestra ruta de 2013 y los 25 emprendedores que subirán en esta edición ya preparan sus apuntes de inglés y dan forma a sus ideas antes de sumarse a esta experiencia.
Es por eso que el equipo que conforma StartupBus Spain está, desde hace meses, valorando las candidaturas de los inscritos a través de la web, para poder adecuar el nivel de perfiles y hacerlos complementarios.
Recordemos que para conseguir sacar adelante las startups, durante el trayecto del autobús hasta Viena -72 horas de carretera-, necesitarán aliarse con otros buspreneurs que estén en la ruta. Sumar las habilidades y fortalezas de unos con otros será la clave para conseguir llegar a la final en el Festival Pionner.
Por ello, la tónica general es que sean seleccionados entre los perfiles un 50% de programadores, un 25% de diseñadores y un 25% de negocio y marketing. De esta forma los equipos estarán completos y podrán diseñar su apuesta de forma integral, para presentarla ante el gran público.
Una iniciativa, StartupBus, que suscita cada vez más interés en España. Prueba de ello es que un equipo de Antena 3 será parte de esta aventura. Subirán al autobús español para dar cobertura durante el trayecto, relatando las fases de creación de los proyectos y presentando a los equipos que medirán sus fuerzas contra otros países europeos en la ruta. Una apuesta clara, de un medio de alcance nacional, por el emprendimiento, la juventud y el talento.
¿Vas a quedarte sin ser partícipe de esta idea? Visita https://europe.startupbus.com y conoce a los equipos y las rutas que este año compiten por presentar el mejor equipo emprendedor en Viena, el próximo 30 de octubre.
Here are 10 undeniable reasons to make up your mind and just go for it.
Learn so much in so little time
Depending on the location of departure, you’ll be on the road for about 50 to 60 hours. In this time you’ll learn how to build a minimal viable product and focus on what’s really important when starting a business. There will be mentors on board sharing their ideas and experiences which will help you in the process.
Meet awesome people
Entrepreneurial individuals from all over the continent (and possibly beyond) that bring their passion for sharing and learning on board. Maybe you’ll meet the perfect co-founder on the bus. 20 to 30 new (Facebook) friends are included in the package.
Boost your creativity
With the influence of your fellow Buspreneurs and mentors, the creative bubble you’ll be traveling in, the inspiration of the view outside the bus, talks you have with people you meet and maybe also the lack of sleep, your brain will come up with new ideas and methods.
Test your entrepreneurial skills
So you think you can start and run a business? Read all the books there are to read about the subject? Subscribed to The Next Web, TechCrunch and Wired to keep up with the movers and shakers in the startup world? You might be ready for it. Or not. There’s no better opportunity to find out than being on the StartupBus.
Show off your dev/designer/marketing skills
We’re sure your skills are ace, so let’s get you to try them out in a new environment. Bring it!
Well, that’s not entirely true. You’ll be amazed how little time there is to gaze out the windows. Then again you’ll be welcomed by organizations and entrepreneurs in different countries along the road.
Meet awesome entrepreneurs along the way
At the places you stop for meals or pitching, there will probably be a few entrepreneurs who are really curious to meet you and hear about your projects. A great time for feedback on what you’re building, but also to pick their brains about their experiences, vision, ideas, etc.
Polish up those pitching skills
A golden rule for entrepreneurs is to always be ready to pitch. No matter who asks you, have a smashing story at hand that make investors grab for their checkbook. But pitching is a skill on its own. While on the bus, you get to work on that skill and you get enough chances to practice on a real audience.
Expand your network with invaluable contacts
It doesn’t hurt to have some business cards ready to give out to your co-Buspreneurs, the mentors, the conductor, the entrepreneurs, journalists and investors you meet along the road… Also, after riding the bus, you’ll be added to the ever expanding worldwide network of alumni Buspreneurs: an incredible network of entrepreneurial and open minds.
When was the last time you did something that frightened you?
Doing something that frightens you everyday is a beautiful rule to live by, but it’s not always easy to accomplish, as it might not be easy to find something that frightens you. So here you go, here’s your frightener. Just apply and have a nice day.