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Welcoming Elance as Platinum Sponsor

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Today we are presenting you Elance, our platinum sponsor for this year’s StartupBus 2013 competition.
The Elance platform provides access to a global network of over 2.8 million professional freelancers in all kind of fields. If design, (mobile) development, marketing, market research, customer service, quality texting or other business disciplines, Elance offers a fast and very flexible way to find and contact exactly the professional contractor that you need for your project. It’s even flexible and easy enough to allow you using it on a bus building your 8 hours old idea into a product on the way to Pioneers Festival, one of the biggest tech and startup conferences in Europe.

Elance to provide exclusive access for StartupBus Buspreneurs

That’s why we at StartupBus are so excited about our partnership with Elance: All buspreneurs on the six European busses this year will have exclusive access to the Elance pool of great freelancers. Lacking of GFX resources on your team or need first product testers to give you feedback on your product? No problem! Use Elance to find a suitable partner when you get on the bus in Cologne and have your results waiting for you when you get off in Karlsruhe 4 hours later.

Elance joining the live changing experience

Representatives from Elance will join the German and the UK StartupBus to support the teams using the Elance platform and finding the most suitable freelancers on the globe. We are very glad that Elance is joining us on our life changing road trip and are looking forward to the amazing possibilities that are offered to our buspreneurs.

StartupBus hace parada en TVE

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Hoy, jueves 12 de septiembre el Canal 24 horas de TVE se emitirá una entrevista con uno de los fundadores de StarupBus Spain.

El programa “Emprende”, del canal de TVE 24 horas, presentado y dirigido por Juan Manuel Romero, ha acogido a la iniciativa StartupBus Spain. El objetivo era conocer su historia y animar a los jóvenes emprendedores a apuntarse a vivir esta experiencia, y qué mejor manera que hacerlo dentro de uno de los espacios de referencia para este colectivo y en cobertura nacional.

Así, de la mano de uno de sus fundadores, tendremos la ocasión de conocer mejor la inciativa. Hablar de la pasión con la que muchos emprendedores arrancaron ese viaje que les cambió la vida y les llevó a ser, aún más consciente si cabe, de la necesidad de trabajar muy duro para sacar adelante una idea.

Y es que, si algo quedará claro durante la entrevista del presentador Juan Manuel Romero a Joan Álvarez en “Emprende”, es que el talento está ahí, pero es necesario contar con un buen equipo y dedicarle mucho tiempo a un proyecto para que salga exitoso. Aún más con la coyuntura económica actual.

Aún así, la oportunidad que ofrece StartupBus es indiscutible: unir talentos, desarrollar una startup desde cero en 72 horas y presentarla en una final internacional, para ver sus fortalezas y debilidades a la hora de aplicarla a la vida real.

Una contrarreloj en donde aprender y adaptarse es la clave para los buspreneurs que finalmente resulten seleccionados y se suban a esta aventura life-changing a finales del mes de octubre. Una oportunidad para crecer en experiencia emprendedora y apostar por abrirse al entorno internacional.

Selección candidatos StartupBus 2013

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A falta de poco más de un mes, los 6 países participantes analizan y valoran los perfiles inscritos en la iniciativa para conformar sus equipos.

La maquinaria de StartupBus no se detiene. Los días pasan y cada vez está más cerca el arranque de nuestro autobús, para emprender rumbo al Festival Pionner de Viena y demostrar gran parte del talento que tenemos en España.

Es por eso que StartupBus, como proyecto global, comienza a seleccionar a los primeros candidatos que entrarán a competir directamente en esta aventura. Los encargados de esta importante tarea: el equipo que conforma cada uno de los proyectos a escala europea.

Ellos son los responsables de valorar, entre otras cosas, las aptitudes de los candidatos y la posibilidad de resultar complementarios para dar forma a las ideas que surjan en el trayecto de la competición.

La clave es conseguir un conjunto de 25 buspreneurs que puedan trabajar juntos y que sean suficientes para poder crear, desarrollar y dar forma a las ideas durante el trayecto a la final internacional.

Poco a poco los seis países participantes en esta edición: Francia, Alemania, Reino Unido, Países Bajos, Italia y España, irán creando sus grupos de trabajo. Lo harán con una clave común: que entre los perfiles que participen en la competición haya un 50% de programadores, un 25% de diseñadores y un 25% de negocio y marketing.

Para seguir toda la actualidad sobre StartupBus, sus equipos y las rutas de este año está disponible la web: https://europe.startupbus.com que ofrecerá además cobertura de la competición y, también, aquello que suceda en la final del 30 de octubre en Viena.

Cada vez queda menos para sumarse a esta iniciativa. Si no lo has hecho ya y quieres participar, inscríbete ahora y no pierdas la oportunidad de participar en una experiencia que te cambiará la vida.

Prepare that Elevator Pitch

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StartupBus Europe 2011 was the first edition of StartupBus in Europe. Arne Hulstein and Timan Rebel were the guys that organized it back then. I joined as a buspreneur and pitched an idea I had in the train on the way to the bus in Amsterdam.

It was about the fact that I hated my voicemail and that I never listened to it. I wanted to create an interactive voicemail application in the bus. People got enthusiastic about my idea and it became our idea. it was called Invoi. We worked for 72 hours non-stop as a team. Together with Twilio API’s and a couple of hours of internet we managed to pull together a MVP.

My job the last hours before we would arrive in Paris was to prepare a great pitch for our idea and MVP. I prepared and kept on preparing. I recorded every take, relistened it and wrote down or discussed what was good or bad about it.
I want to share some of those takes so you can experience what it was like for me. From nervous, to loud, to too fast, to forgetting important things I wanted to say at the time, a rollercoaster ride for sure ;).

This is how I like to prepare for a pitch I have to give.
Enjoy and I hope you practice your elevator pitch as well before you enter the stage of the StartupBus finals.
I love to hear how you prepare for your pitches and presentation.
My preparation paid off, Invoi won StartupBus Europe 2011.

December 6th 2011 17:00 (5 hours before finals)

December 6th 2011 18:00 (4 hours before finals)

Lyrics StartupBus Anthem

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A couple of very cool guys that shall remain nameless wrote new lyrics for Wake Me Up from Avicii.
Deep and powerful lyrics that symbolize the journey of StartupBus.
We love to know what you think.

The lyrics

Wake me up, let’s start these things all over
Sunset’s rising, it’s this refreshing new
Intuition‘s source of this creation
It’s what you are, not just what you do

Pick me up, show me your directions
Let’s take the ride through open doors
Formal unions seem to be one nation
Unity is what we’re heading for

I’ll pick you up to cross the boarders
Ride our circles in the sun
Endless light of creation
I’d be glad if you’d travel with me to

If you want to listen to the song yourself.

The Buspreneur GoldenGuide

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To be a Buspreneur you have to be passionate, creative, motivated and even more… Be ready, StartupBus is going to be a hard 3-days experience !
Paolo Bertolero, ex-buspreneur UK and current StartupBus Ita producer, shared with us his “Buspreneur Golden-Guide”, 13 tips for buspreneurs and aspirant entrepreneurs, that will help you to make your journey fun and successful. Enjoy!

The Buspreneur Golden-Guide

1. Don’t ever allow failures to weaken your entrepreneurial ambitions but learn from them
2. No matter which global ambitions you have for your startup just keep it really simple Continue reading →

Announcing StartupBus Europe 2013

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6 Countries, 150 Buspreneurs, and our own stage at Pioneer’s Festival. StartupBus Europe will be bigger and better than ever and promises to be an incredible and unforgettable experience for everyone.

Departing on October 27th for a roadtrip of four days, buses from Paris,  Berlin, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam & London will head to the Pioneer’s Festival in Vienna. As an event organized by the StartupBus community, a team of 30 volunteers in 10 European countries are working on creating a the most amazing StartupBus competition the continent has seen so far.

Applications open soon – be sure to register to our mailing list. Also, be sure to check out the reports of the buspreneurs Elise and Esther from the past busses.

We will keep you posted in the next weeks – lots of exciting news just wait to be announced!

Doers: Let’s roll up our sleeves and embrace risk!

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24 buspreneurs x 5 buses with Danes, Dutch, Swiss, Germans, French, Brits, Americans, Greeks, Spaniards, Canadians, Czech, Indians, and Swedes hitting the European roads for 4 days. The ingredients to a StartupBus / FounderBus ride were simple: highly creative and slightly crazy entrepreneurs ready to board a bus with like-minded people to found a startup. The recipe is rather simple: gather the buspreneurs, confine them on a bus, push them to their limits, and add as much fun as you want. There you have it: a successful ride to Paris with a team pitching their idea on stage at LeWeb!

Each bus had several teams who worked day and nigh on their product, mostly mobile, to have and deliver a great pitch at the semi-finals on Sunday and the finals in Paris on Monday. Teams went through the ups and downs of fighting for an idea, developing a business model, working their magic on mock ups, and most importantly managing to use each teammate’s skills to develop and eventually pitch a product that would convince the jury. Some teams split, other teams showed great spirit. All buspreneurs worked until the last minute to prepare for their pitch. What came out of all the pitches was the energy deployed by the teams throughout these 4 days. The adventure ended on Monday night somewhere near Hotel-de-Ville, with 120 entrepreneurs savouring the moment. One team went to bed early, the ones who pitched at LeWeb yesterday.

Recollecting my thoughts on my way back from Paris on the TGV I started thinking about the thing as a whole. What struck me on the past few days was the shared interest of the buspreneurs. The EU was recently awarded the Nobel prize for facing adversity together and not giving up all the work accomplished. The EU is one thing, the European entrepreneurs are another. There is a hype about the startup scene in Europe, no question about that. Beyond the buzz and the sexyness of working at a startup in a renovated warehouse somewhere in Lisbon, London, Zurich or Berlin, there is something rising from all this. Young Europeans – I mean people living in Europe as a continent –  have started to consider entrepreneurship as a real possibility compared to a job in the corporate world or in government. With the economic downturn, a whole generation has nothing to lose. Entrepreneurship is alive and kicking.

Private initiatives like The StartupBus and the Failcon conferences help in two ways. First, they show a new path for younger generations, making entrepreneurship a career decision as legitimate as taking a job in a company. Being an entrepreneur can be founding a startup that is going to grow from 5 to 200 in two years and to successfully raise capital. It’s also about starting one own’s project, like a small agency. It’s all about taking a leap of faith and taking risks. In that way, such initiatives help take the heat out of risk, making it seem more acceptable.

I applied to the StartupBus competition because I wanted to get first-hand experience of what it takes to start a business and have an insight of the intrinsic processes implied, with their share of joys and difficulties. Coming from a public policy background, I wanted to put myself in the entrepreneurs shoes and grasp their reality. The StartupBus’s point is to show a path and to connect entrepreneurs, forming a community of like-minded people. It also shows entrepreneurship as it is. Not all succeed, but going through such an experience opens new possibilities. Anyone can be crazy enough to start their own business. If such a community wants to grow, it will take commitment of alumni buspreneurs. Personally, I want to nurture the connections I made and push for more women on the bus, not to reach quotas but for empowerment and enhanced diversity.

Text by Elise Nardin, co-founder of Life Lessons