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Announcing Accenture as Platinum Sponsor

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Today we are proudly announcing our second platinum sponsor for the German StartupBus, the Accenture GmbH. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 275,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013.

Shared vision of Accenture and StartupBus

Accenture is globally operating with thousands of consultants worldwide, StartupBus is becoming a global collaboration network of Buspreneurs; furthermore, we share the same vision: We create a global network of collaboration. We work efficiently and smart to cope with arising complexity and rapid change. We prototype from ideas focused on the customers’ needs. We build what we conceptualize. We develop products that allow people to keep up with the pace!

Accenture supporting Buspreneurs

Representatives from Accenture will also participate in the life-changing German StartupBus journey from Berlin via Cologne, Karlsruhe, Munich to Vienna. They will coach, mentor and assist Buspreneurs with their expertise, but also challenge them. They will witness how Buspreneurs start storming, norming, performing in a fresh-baked team building a product from scratch within 72 hours! And the Managing Director Communication Media Technology we welcome in our Final Jury.

Últimos asientos para participar en StartupBus 2013

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Antena 3 cubrirá parte de la ruta hacia el Festival Pionner de Viena

Los asientos del autobús de StarupBus Spain comienzan a tener sus primeros nombres. El proceso de selección de candidatos continúa con el cronómetro en cuenta atrás. Cada vez quedan menos días para poner en marcha nuestra ruta de 2013 y los 25 emprendedores que subirán en esta edición ya preparan sus apuntes de inglés y dan forma a sus ideas antes de sumarse a esta experiencia.

Es por eso que el equipo que conforma StartupBus Spain está, desde hace meses, valorando las candidaturas de los inscritos a través de la web, para poder adecuar el nivel de perfiles y hacerlos complementarios.

Recordemos que para conseguir sacar adelante las startups, durante el trayecto del autobús hasta Viena -72 horas de carretera-, necesitarán aliarse con otros buspreneurs que estén en la ruta. Sumar las habilidades y fortalezas de unos con otros será la clave para conseguir llegar a la final en el Festival Pionner.

Por ello, la tónica general es que sean seleccionados entre los perfiles un 50% de programadores, un 25% de diseñadores y un 25% de negocio y marketing. De esta forma los equipos estarán completos y podrán diseñar su apuesta de forma integral, para presentarla ante el gran público.

Una iniciativa, StartupBus, que suscita cada vez más interés en España. Prueba de ello es que un equipo de Antena 3 será parte de esta aventura. Subirán al autobús español para dar cobertura durante el trayecto, relatando las fases de creación de los proyectos y presentando a los equipos que medirán sus fuerzas contra otros países europeos en la ruta. Una apuesta clara, de un medio de alcance nacional, por el emprendimiento, la juventud y el talento.

¿Vas a quedarte sin ser partícipe de esta idea? Visita https://europe.startupbus.com y conoce a los equipos y las rutas que este año compiten por presentar el mejor equipo emprendedor en Viena, el próximo 30 de octubre.

Ten reasons to apply for StartupBus Europe

Here are 10 undeniable reasons to make up your mind and just go for it.

  1. Learn so much in so little time

    Depending on the location of departure, you’ll be on the road for about 50 to 60 hours. In this time you’ll learn how to build a minimal viable product and focus on what’s really important when starting a business. There will be mentors on board sharing their ideas and experiences which will help you in the process.

  2. Meet awesome people

    Entrepreneurial individuals from all over the continent (and possibly beyond) that bring their passion for sharing and learning on board. Maybe you’ll meet the perfect co-founder on the bus. 20 to 30 new (Facebook) friends are included in the package.

  3. Boost your creativity

    With the influence of your fellow Buspreneurs and mentors, the creative bubble you’ll be traveling in, the inspiration of the view outside the bus, talks you have with people you meet and maybe also the lack of sleep, your brain will come up with new ideas and methods.

  4. Test your entrepreneurial skills

    So you think you can start and run a business? Read all the books there are to read about the subject? Subscribed to The Next Web, TechCrunch and Wired to keep up with the movers and shakers in the startup world? You might be ready for it. Or not. There’s no better opportunity to find out than being on the StartupBus.

  5. Show off your dev/designer/marketing skills

    We’re sure your skills are ace, so let’s get you to try them out in a new environment. Bring it!

  6. See Europe

    Well, that’s not entirely true. You’ll be amazed how little time there is to gaze out the windows. Then again you’ll be welcomed by organizations and entrepreneurs in different countries along the road.

  7. Meet awesome entrepreneurs along the way

    At the places you stop for meals or pitching, there will probably be a few entrepreneurs who are really curious to meet you and hear about your projects. A great time for feedback on what you’re building, but also to pick their brains about their experiences, vision, ideas, etc.

  8. Polish up those pitching skills

    A golden rule for entrepreneurs is to always be ready to pitch. No matter who asks you, have a smashing story at hand that make investors grab for their checkbook. But pitching is a skill on its own. While on the bus, you get to work on that skill and you get enough chances to practice on a real audience.

  9. Expand your network with invaluable contacts

    It doesn’t hurt to have some business cards ready to give out to your co-Buspreneurs, the mentors, the conductor, the entrepreneurs, journalists and investors you meet along the road… Also, after riding the bus, you’ll be added to the ever expanding worldwide network of alumni Buspreneurs: an incredible network of entrepreneurial and open minds.

  10. When was the last time you did something that frightened you?

    Doing something that frightens you everyday is a beautiful rule to live by, but it’s not always easy to accomplish, as it might not be easy to find something that frightens you. So here you go, here’s your frightener. Just apply and have a nice day.

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Welcoming Elance as Platinum Sponsor

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Today we are presenting you Elance, our platinum sponsor for this year’s StartupBus 2013 competition.
The Elance platform provides access to a global network of over 2.8 million professional freelancers in all kind of fields. If design, (mobile) development, marketing, market research, customer service, quality texting or other business disciplines, Elance offers a fast and very flexible way to find and contact exactly the professional contractor that you need for your project. It’s even flexible and easy enough to allow you using it on a bus building your 8 hours old idea into a product on the way to Pioneers Festival, one of the biggest tech and startup conferences in Europe.

Elance to provide exclusive access for StartupBus Buspreneurs

That’s why we at StartupBus are so excited about our partnership with Elance: All buspreneurs on the six European busses this year will have exclusive access to the Elance pool of great freelancers. Lacking of GFX resources on your team or need first product testers to give you feedback on your product? No problem! Use Elance to find a suitable partner when you get on the bus in Cologne and have your results waiting for you when you get off in Karlsruhe 4 hours later.

Elance joining the live changing experience

Representatives from Elance will join the German and the UK StartupBus to support the teams using the Elance platform and finding the most suitable freelancers on the globe. We are very glad that Elance is joining us on our life changing road trip and are looking forward to the amazing possibilities that are offered to our buspreneurs.

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.

Selección candidatos StartupBus 2013

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A falta de poco más de un mes, los 6 países participantes analizan y valoran los perfiles inscritos en la iniciativa para conformar sus equipos.

La maquinaria de StartupBus no se detiene. Los días pasan y cada vez está más cerca el arranque de nuestro autobús, para emprender rumbo al Festival Pionner de Viena y demostrar gran parte del talento que tenemos en España.

Es por eso que StartupBus, como proyecto global, comienza a seleccionar a los primeros candidatos que entrarán a competir directamente en esta aventura. Los encargados de esta importante tarea: el equipo que conforma cada uno de los proyectos a escala europea.

Ellos son los responsables de valorar, entre otras cosas, las aptitudes de los candidatos y la posibilidad de resultar complementarios para dar forma a las ideas que surjan en el trayecto de la competición.

La clave es conseguir un conjunto de 25 buspreneurs que puedan trabajar juntos y que sean suficientes para poder crear, desarrollar y dar forma a las ideas durante el trayecto a la final internacional.

Poco a poco los seis países participantes en esta edición: Francia, Alemania, Reino Unido, Países Bajos, Italia y España, irán creando sus grupos de trabajo. Lo harán con una clave común: que entre los perfiles que participen en la competición haya un 50% de programadores, un 25% de diseñadores y un 25% de negocio y marketing.

Para seguir toda la actualidad sobre StartupBus, sus equipos y las rutas de este año está disponible la web: https://europe.startupbus.com que ofrecerá además cobertura de la competición y, también, aquello que suceda en la final del 30 de octubre en Viena.

Cada vez queda menos para sumarse a esta iniciativa. Si no lo has hecho ya y quieres participar, inscríbete ahora y no pierdas la oportunidad de participar en una experiencia que te cambiará la vida.

Prepare that Elevator Pitch

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StartupBus Europe 2011 was the first edition of StartupBus in Europe. Arne Hulstein and Timan Rebel were the guys that organized it back then. I joined as a buspreneur and pitched an idea I had in the train on the way to the bus in Amsterdam.

It was about the fact that I hated my voicemail and that I never listened to it. I wanted to create an interactive voicemail application in the bus. People got enthusiastic about my idea and it became our idea. it was called Invoi. We worked for 72 hours non-stop as a team. Together with Twilio API’s and a couple of hours of internet we managed to pull together a MVP.

My job the last hours before we would arrive in Paris was to prepare a great pitch for our idea and MVP. I prepared and kept on preparing. I recorded every take, relistened it and wrote down or discussed what was good or bad about it.
I want to share some of those takes so you can experience what it was like for me. From nervous, to loud, to too fast, to forgetting important things I wanted to say at the time, a rollercoaster ride for sure ;).

This is how I like to prepare for a pitch I have to give.
Enjoy and I hope you practice your elevator pitch as well before you enter the stage of the StartupBus finals.
I love to hear how you prepare for your pitches and presentation.
My preparation paid off, Invoi won StartupBus Europe 2011.

December 6th 2011 17:00 (5 hours before finals)

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December 6th 2011 18:00 (4 hours before finals)

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Lyrics StartupBus Anthem

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A couple of very cool guys that shall remain nameless wrote new lyrics for Wake Me Up from Avicii.
Deep and powerful lyrics that symbolize the journey of StartupBus.
We love to know what you think.

The lyrics

Wake me up, let’s start these things all over
Sunset’s rising, it’s this refreshing new
Intuition‘s source of this creation
It’s what you are, not just what you do

Pick me up, show me your directions
Let’s take the ride through open doors
Formal unions seem to be one nation
Unity is what we’re heading for

I’ll pick you up to cross the boarders
Ride our circles in the sun
Endless light of creation
I’d be glad if you’d travel with me to

If you want to listen to the song yourself.
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The Buspreneur GoldenGuide

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To be a Buspreneur you have to be passionate, creative, motivated and even more… Be ready, StartupBus is going to be a hard 3-days experience !
Paolo Bertolero, ex-buspreneur UK and current StartupBus Ita producer, shared with us his “Buspreneur Golden-Guide”, 13 tips for buspreneurs and aspirant entrepreneurs, that will help you to make your journey fun and successful. Enjoy!

The Buspreneur Golden-Guide

1. Don’t ever allow failures to weaken your entrepreneurial ambitions but learn from them
2. No matter which global ambitions you have for your startup just keep it really simple Continue reading →