StartupBus is back for 2013 and bringing more excitement than ever to a highway (and computer screen) near you. StartupBus brings six buses from the US and Mexico, fills them full of strangers tasked with designing, building, and launching a startup in three days – at 65 MPH en route to Austin, TX. The “Hackers, Hipsters, and Hustlers” that fill the buses accomplish amazing and impossible things in time to pitch to a panel of tech experts and investors.
Since 2010, we have have been growing our community with our annual Buspreneur competition. For 2013, there are three contests: the Buspreneur Battle, People’s Choice Wildcard, and the StartupBus All-Stars Winner. New this year is an Alumni bus that will face-off with the annual Buspreneur Battle winners along with a wildcard team in the StartupBus All-Stars Event to win the biggest prize ever awarded by StartupBus – so big that we are only going to say that one team’s lives could be changed forever, and you can see it happen… more details will be released soon.
The 2013 StartupBus Americas buses are:
- East Coast from NYC
- Mexico from Mexico City
- Midwest from Chicago/Columbus
- Southeast from Tampa
- StartupBus Alumni Bus (departing NYC)
- West Coast from San Francisco
Time is short – how can you get involved?
The proces to ride is still technically open, but spots are running low as Regional Conductors review applications. Applications are invite only as the buses fill, but we have had a few isolated reports of technical issues. To make sure everyone who had issues gets a chance to apply, we are making a link available. Didn’t get an invite? Don’t feel bad, you can use that link, too. We can’t promise to review every application, as bus space and time are limited.
Some regions have some sponsorships available for organizations that want to support and connect with the StartupBus community. If your company is interested in sponsoring, placing a developer evangelist on the bus, or leverging media opportunities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As StartupBus has grown in popularity over the years, so has interest in the media for our host cities in each region. To make sure that regional media can cover the launch parties and bus departures, each regions conductor coordinates regional coverage. The Media Team can connect regional media representatives with the proper conductor.