We’re very proud to add a seventh bus to our StartupBus Europe 2016 competition: StartupBus France! StartupBus alumni Ivan Collombet and Louis Hénault stepped up as conductors and they now have a little less than two months to find 30-ish amazing hackers, designers and hustlers!
The bus will depart from Paris on Friday September 2nd and visit Toulouse, Geneva and Lille before ending up at the Corda INCubator in Hasselt for StartupBus Demo Day and the final event at Pirate Summit in Cologne. The bus will compete against other buses departing from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Each bus is filled with about 30 hackers, designers and hustlers whom have 72 hours to conceive, build and launch new tech startups while crossing the continent and discovering the European local tech ecosystems.
Candidates can apply at http://europe.startupbus.com/.
Ricky Robinett was one of two conductors on the inaugural Kansas City StartupBus. In this blog post, Ricky recounts some of the lessons learned and some of the more harrowing experiences on the route including this excerpt about driving on ice and spontaneous karaoke.
I-40W headed towards Little Rock is covered in ice and the bus has traveled 30 miles in 6 hours. I’m beginning to fear that I may have to tell the 20 entrepreneurs riding along that we’re going to pull over and sleep on the bus. That’s when it happens. Someone asks our bus driver Eddie to crank the radio and starts singing karaoke. It’s not long before the entire bus has joined in and we forget about the extreme circumstances we’re in. For me, this moment embodies what it was like to conduct the 2014 Midwest StartupBus. I was surrounded by incredible people who were constantly amazing me and I wanted to share a few things they taught me.
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