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Beign stuck On A Bus At 60 Miles Per Hour For 3 Days


…can change your life


That’s what reports Business Insider when interviewing Brandon Leonardo:

” When I first rode the bus I had wanted to do a startup my whole life, but never did it. Then I was exposed to all these amazing people that were living my dreams. It was a catalyst that pushed me into moving on. It also jump started my network, which is super important considering my background was working for a bunch of small companies. “



StartupBus founder Elias Bizannes was flown into Baton Rouge on February 9 2012 as a special guest speaker to a room of Lousiana’s innovators. After a bunch of questions, Elias was asked when was Louisiana going to get its own StartupBus representation? The organisers of the event then played this video.

Walking outside in the city centre right near the government buildings, the song was being played on repeat with speakers spanning hundreds of feet blasting this parody of Billionaire. (Video of how it looked in downtown Baton Rouge.)



Last month, TechCrunch broke the news that we are expanding in 2012. We can confirm we’re full steam ahead and pending sponsor commitments that have been verbalised as coming true, we will be having 300 people in this competition in what is our annual intake program to bring people into our community (double what we did in March 2011).

Where will the buses be departing? Today we are announcing that both Silicon Valley and New York City will be having a representation, due to their winning performance in last years finals. The unlock campaign which has helped us get insight (not decide) has yieled some surprising results. It has influenced us, but the final decision will not be based on those votes and we will announce our decisions progressively over the comming weeks. If you want to understand how to get a tribe represented, local sponsorship contributions to the competition and quality of applicants from a particular place will be what impacts this. We will be announcing where the remaining buses will depart from in coming weeks, who will be led by “conductors” driving the campaign (more on that another time).

Which leads us to the reason we are posting today: we are officially announcing that applications for our competition in March are now open.

Now what?

1) Authenticate on  Connect your Facebook accounts to the site or create a new account with your email. This will authenticate you into the system where you can find out more. What this does is log you in our database as interested — it doesn’t mean you have access to the application page.

2) Get invited. If you’re noticed as someone with potential, one of the organisers might send one. A better bet is to look on social media for people offering to invite other people (people that have been invited also have two invites to give to people they believe in).

3) Apply. Once invited, the application webpage will show you options on how to apply. Go ahead and be creative — since that TechCrunch post, we’ve had over 800 people ask to be on the waiting list, so we’re expecting more than we can handle.

4) Confirm your attendance. If accepted, congratulations! We’ve got a team of people that will be reviewing and re-reviewing every single application in the next month. We heavily invest in this process because for us the competition is just the start of a long term relationship with you and the rest of the alumni whom are all very unique people in the technology industry. Details about this step will be sent out to those accepted in February.

Do you think you have what it takes to ride StartupBus?


Congratulations! You’ve come to the right place.This is the first step but not the last: your decision to participate in the most grueling hackathon-esque competition on the planet.

Each year we receive far more applicants than we could possibly accept. Additionally, we look for a certain type of person as we’re not about just producing an event with wicked people as an end goal (though we’ve got to admit, that’s something we do well). Accordingly, you will have to prove that you’re among the best of the best in order to receive a boarding pass.

So what are we looking for?
StartupBus exists to create a community of the best hackers, hipsters, and hustlers. A community that is a life-long asset you can tap into, with our annual competition acting as our intake into this community. The competition itself forges these “buspreneurs” together through shared experience and is a vehicle (*ahem*) that fosters talent that have the capacity to change the status quo.

StartupBus is intense. StartupBus is challenging. StartupBus is an experience unto itself. If you are one of those driven, maniacal world-changers, you’re probably what we’re looking for. If you’re the type that think movie-marathons are a worthy way to spend a weekend,here’s the door.

Hustlers: No means yes and yes means MORE.

Your business acumen is second to none, you pitch in your sleep and can sell bottled air. Silver-tongued fox that you are you drive too fast just for the opportunity to talk your way out of a speeding fine. You have been known to organise the takeover of small nation states. You created the bubble.

Innately undefinable, hustlers must prove they have the Midas touch. Be creative.

Hackers: You took the red pill. StartupBus is an environment of constraints, the least of which is time, pressure and lacklustre wifi. Your Github profile, side projects, websites will all help you to prove you are legion. As will a list of your preferred coding languages and proficiency level. They won’t be enough to clinch it though. Demonstrate you’re more than a coder: you’re a versatile hacker, you’re bad-arse and you do what it takes to get the job done.

Hipsters: Form and function. Beauty. Purpose. Poise. Need we say more?

Shoot us a link to your portfolio. (If you’re a front-end coder, say so. n.b. This is not a requirement)

To surmise, Prove that you’re awesome. Good luck!



Arne Huckstein who’s been the driving force of our logistics in Europe has posted about the upcoming trip of the inaugural StartupBus European competition.

Yes, we are getting ready to leave. On Sunday morning, StartupBus Europe will hit the road and we will not stop until we have launched some great startups. And you can be part of the experience.

To start off, Startupbootcamp and Atlassian are sponsoring the launch party in Amsterdam on Saturday the 3rd of December. If you are in Amsterdam, register tonight to be part of the first StartupBus Europe party.

On Sunday morning everyone is welcome to wave us goodbye as we board the bus in front of the Hotel Victoria in Amsterdam. (Across from Central station.) No reservations are needed. ;-)

On Sunday night Startupbootcamp will be hosting us in Copenhagen. We will have drinks, a pitch competition and plenty of time to network with fellow entrepreneurs. Register here!

On Monday afternoon Startupbootcamp will be hosting a startup lunch for us in Berlin around 2pm. Details will come shortly and so will the possibility to register. More pitching and more competition.

On Tuesday morning we will be welcomed to Google’s European headquarters in Zurich for breakfast, a tour and more pitching competitions. If you want to be part of this, please register quickly as the number of places is limited. But it will be a great experience.

If you are at LeWeb, StartupBus Europe will be there as well. You can meet us at the conference, but you can also meet us at the bus. We can show you around and you can meet our startups, get demo’s or offer your investment money to your favorite startup.

A big thanks you go to our sponsors who are making this unique experience possible: Twilio and Softlayer whom we’ll be talking about more later. In the next 24 hours, we’ll be unveiling our website which will allow you to track, engage and interact with the teams that are on the journey of a lifetime, so stay tuned.

StartupBus is coming to Europe!


November 1, 2011 — This December, the StartupBus phenomenon is coming to Europe. Starting in Amsterdam and ending at Paris in time for the LeWeb conference, StartupBus Europe will be an entrepreneurial competition like no other.

Part-hackathon, part-road trip, participants will have 3 days to conceive, build and launch a startup while traveling 100km an hour across the continent before pitching to a panel of top industry figures at LeWeb.

Participants will have the opportunity to test their skills against Europe’s best hackers (developers), hustlers (marketeers) and hipsters (designers) while competing for the title of European Champions. In addition to the community that is formed, participants will be exposed to leading tech operations in Europe.

Selection onto the StartupBus is competitive. Hackers, hustlers and hipsters are encouraged to apply via the application page. (You need to be logged in to see the application page with your Facebook account; for people with non-Facebook accounts and other issues please email team @

More information is available at Media inquiries should be sent to media @