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Finalists of StartupBus Europe 2016

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After 72 hours of driving through Europe our buses from Belgium, France, Switzerland and the UK arrived earlier today at Corda INCubator at the beautiful Corda Campus in Hasselt (Belgium) for our demo day.

The weather was a bit grim upon arrival but cleared up afterwards. After a nice breakfast offered by Radix/Startup League we went on to have our demo day. Each startup born on our buses had to pitch for three minutes followed by a three minute Q&A of the judges which took pretty much all day.

The pitching was followed by talks from representatives of Mastercard and Start it @ kbc (Dirk Lievens). After the pitches we had a small reception after which we announced the 10 finalists of StartupBus Europe 2016 who will pitch tomorrow at Pirate Summit. Here are the 10 finalists:

Congratulations to all the finalists. See you tomorrow 12h30 at Pirate Summit in Crow’s Nest for the finals and the announcement of the StartupBus Europe 2016 winner at 18h30, again in Crow’s Nest. After the Pirate Burning there will be a StartupBus party at Pirate Summit itself.

Directors of StartupBus Europe 2016 at Corda Campus (Hasselt, Belgium)

Venn provides the wifi for StartupBus Belgium 2016

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Last year the Belgian bus used Belgian startup Venn as a wifi provider to ensure reliable internet on board of the bus. This is why we’ve decided to have them as a wifi provider again for 2016!

If you don’t know Venn, Venn delivers connectivity solutions in B2B based on bonding services of multiple mobile and/or fixed connections. Their services allow transportation companies (busses, ships, trains, trams, even cars) to have multiple networks working together at the same time creating bigger network coverage, more stability and more speed. Their services can also be used to connect on any remote or temporary location (events, construction sites,…), it is plug and play, it is that easy. Next to this Venn can create a failover solution or bandwith increase solution to have a faster and more resilient connection. All this as an all-in service, including hardware, software, mobile data, support, …
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Contact Venn for more information on info@venn.be.

StartupBus Belgium is one of seven buses competing in the StartupBus Europe 2016 competition. Conducted by Ann Glorieus and Lien Van Den Steen, the bus will depart with 20+ developers, designers and hustlers towards Pirate Summit in Cologne, Europe’s craziest invite-only startup conference. During the 72 hour road trip the participants have to conceive, build and launch new startups.

On Monday 5 September, all buses will convene at the beautiful Corda INCubator in Hasselt (Belgium) for StartupBus Demo Day. All startups born during the road trip have to present their MVP in front of a bunch of experienced entrepreneurs and investors.
If you want to apply, then head on over to http://europe.startupbus.com and hit the “Apply” button.

StartupBus.Accelerate in Europe

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The last two weeks we held a few StartupBus.Accelerate events in Europe. StartupBus.Accelerate events are meant to help you give new insights and accelerate your way of thinking.

The first one happened at Co.Station Brussels and was a satellite event of Europe’s biggest open-source software conference FOSDEM. We had a few panel discussions about the impact of open-source software on tech companies with people like Jessica Rose (DreamFactory), Kris Buytaert (Inuits, Cfgmgmtcamp, …), Nils De Moor (Woorank), Charles Bailey (Bloomberg) and Lien Van Den Steen (DataCamp; they’re hiring developers). Continue reading →