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And the winner of StartupBus Europe 2016 is…

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Trustful!

After 4 days of traveling through Europe while setting up their startup, one team was awarded the best startup by the judging panel. Trustful wants to digitize the ballot system by using NFC and blockchain technology for secure electronic voting. Any card unique to the holder (think a library card or any other identifying card) and using an NFC chip can be used to cast a vote.

StartupBus Europe 2016 winner Trustful

Runner-up was Flightship, a startup born on the Swiss bus. Flightship finds the most convenient location to meet up with friends from all over the globe.

Sitting in the judging panel were Elias Bizannes, Founder of StartupBus and StartupHouse, Lars Rasmussen, Co-Founder & Chief Espresso Officer of Weav Music, Kristin Müller, Investment Manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds and Carl- Luis Rieger, Investment Analyst at Kompass Ventures. Elias Bizannes said about Trustful “Of all the teams, the thing that was most impressive about Trustful was that they had a vision, a real strong demo and the demo didn’t only reveal product vision but also execution.”

This year’s edition of StartupBus Europe counted 22 teams with participants of 21 different nationalities, basically covering all continents. Divided over four buses and departing from London, Paris, Brussels or Zürich, they gathered in Hasselt for Demo Day at Corda INCubator after the 3-day road trip. There, a shortlist was made up containing, apart from Trustful:

  1. Audio Beacon (BE)
  2. Exist (UK)
  3. Grouped Up (FR)
  4. Flightship (CH)
  5. Nightly (UK)
  6. Pike (BE)
  7. Sqill (UK)
  8. Tipple (UK)
  9. Zing Menu (BE)

Finals took place at Pirate Summit, an invite-only, startup conference in Cologne. During the 2 days spent in Cologne, all 22 teams have the occasion to meet potential investors and pitch for the essential funding to boost their startup.


StartupBus is an intense startup competition and global network of 1,500 buspreneurs. This network is formed during a 3-day entrepreneurial bootcamp during which they are required to setup a full blown startup: from pitching an idea, forming teams, to building an actual product or service in the 72 hours spent on the bus. Each startup will be judged on their product, pitch and traction.

Announcing StartupBus North America 2015

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2015 is an important year for us – not just because it’s a milestone: it’s been five years on the dot since we announced ourselves to the world. Since then, we’ve added ~1200 people our community across four continents in StartupBus competitions.  It’s been a long, strange trip – and we’re ready to go bigger than we have before in the year ahead.  There will be several major announcements made in 2015 to mark this coming of age that started with the announcement of the community councils.  Today, we’re making a key announcement that shapes the rest of the year:

StartupBus North America 2015

StartupBus NashvilleAfter considering many locations, we discovered an opportunity in Music City USA. We’re excited to head to Nashville, TN June 4-8 for the 36/86 Conference in conjunction with LaunchTN.

Elias, myself and the North American Directors recommended to the North America community council that it was time to move the North American competition away from Austin and the SxSW conference – for many of reasons – chief among them was the timing and the disconnect between the value and the cost for everyone involved.

After considering many locations, we discovered an opportunity in Music City USA.  We’re excited to head to Nashville, TN June 4-8 for the 36/86 Conference in conjunction with LaunchTN. Nashville has welcomed StartupBus with open arms and cultivated a strong alumni network over the years. With recent news like Google Fiber coming to Nashville, you know there’s something brewing there. Nashville will play host in 2015 with the Grand Finals as part of the opening event of 36/86 – as well as new activities to be announced soon…

The most meaningful relationships that come out of StartupBus form by sharing a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the crazy people who are part of this truly unique community. This year in Nashville, we look forward to  providing a new way for the alumni community and the general public to meet the newest members and be part of the activities that facilitate those relationships.

Applications will be opening soon – if you are not alumni, we don’t make it easy to get an invite – not impossible, just not easy.  The easiest way to get considered is to pre-apply now.  Once applications open, this option will be gone…  We will be announcing the opening of applications shortly as well.

2015 is going to be an incredible year – are you ready?

Announcing the winner of StartupBus Europe 2014

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The winner of the StartupBus Europe 2014 competition is Zumo!

Zumo pitching on stage at Pioneers Festival

Zumo was founded on the Greek bus and provides on-demand interactions using modern technologies like WebRTC. The typical use-case would be online retail shops like Zalando or Travelplanet24 having an “ask” or “help” button. Clicking the button would instantly open a video-chat or a chatroom with someone from the shop without the customer having to switch context and thus improving the customer experience.

Congratulations Zumo!

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.

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!