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And the winner of StartupBus Europe 2016 is…

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Trustful!

After 4 days of traveling through Europe while setting up their startup, one team was awarded the best startup by the judging panel. Trustful wants to digitize the ballot system by using NFC and blockchain technology for secure electronic voting. Any card unique to the holder (think a library card or any other identifying card) and using an NFC chip can be used to cast a vote.

StartupBus Europe 2016 winner Trustful

Runner-up was Flightship, a startup born on the Swiss bus. Flightship finds the most convenient location to meet up with friends from all over the globe.

Sitting in the judging panel were Elias Bizannes, Founder of StartupBus and StartupHouse, Lars Rasmussen, Co-Founder & Chief Espresso Officer of Weav Music, Kristin Müller, Investment Manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds and Carl- Luis Rieger, Investment Analyst at Kompass Ventures. Elias Bizannes said about Trustful “Of all the teams, the thing that was most impressive about Trustful was that they had a vision, a real strong demo and the demo didn’t only reveal product vision but also execution.”

This year’s edition of StartupBus Europe counted 22 teams with participants of 21 different nationalities, basically covering all continents. Divided over four buses and departing from London, Paris, Brussels or Zürich, they gathered in Hasselt for Demo Day at Corda INCubator after the 3-day road trip. There, a shortlist was made up containing, apart from Trustful:

  1. Audio Beacon (BE)
  2. Exist (UK)
  3. Grouped Up (FR)
  4. Flightship (CH)
  5. Nightly (UK)
  6. Pike (BE)
  7. Sqill (UK)
  8. Tipple (UK)
  9. Zing Menu (BE)

Finals took place at Pirate Summit, an invite-only, startup conference in Cologne. During the 2 days spent in Cologne, all 22 teams have the occasion to meet potential investors and pitch for the essential funding to boost their startup.


StartupBus is an intense startup competition and global network of 1,500 buspreneurs. This network is formed during a 3-day entrepreneurial bootcamp during which they are required to setup a full blown startup: from pitching an idea, forming teams, to building an actual product or service in the 72 hours spent on the bus. Each startup will be judged on their product, pitch and traction.

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)

StartupBus UK 2016 kick-off event at Hustletree

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Tonight, StartupBus UK 2016 had its kick-off event at Hustletree Shoreditch in London. Conductor Donald Whyte told the audience about the StartupBus experience followed by talks and panels from sponsors Cyber-duck, Arts Alliance Media (AAM) and Bloomberg.

 

StartupBus UK 2016 will be visiting Paris

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The buspreneurs of StartupBus UK 2016 are lucky: their first night they’ll have a magnificent stay at Generator Hostel in Paris! With a beautiful view on Montmartre from Le Rooftop, the buspreneurs can continue working on their newly startups.

Montmartre from Le Rooftop de Generator Hostel Paris

Le Rooftop 2 - Valentine Tchoukhonine - July 2015


StartupBus UK is one of the buses participating in StartupBus Europe 2016, Europe’s most intense hackathon / Navy SEALS bootcamp for entrepreneurs. Follow the buses live at http://europe.startupbus.com@StartupBusUK, @TheStartupBus and on Facebook.

There’s a strategy for that!

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I’m a techie and there’s this one thing we technology nerds often forgot: how are we gonna make money from the products we build? How are we gonna achieve our goals so the company we’re building can keep existing?

Well, to achieve your goals you need a strategy and that’s why I’m happy to announce that we’re partnering with Strategy Academy to help our buspreneurs of class StartupBus Europe 2016 with developing a strategy to launch their startups in less than 72 hours. I’m happy to announce this because they’re still in beta as they’ll only launch in September with a strategies for rapid growth and how to discover and develop opportunities.

Strategy Academy logo

Their website StrategyAcademy.net will feature free resources including videos, podcasts, blogs and interviews with entrepreneurs to help you grow not only your company but also yourself.

There are many complex aspects to starting, growing, maintaining and selling a business.

Our tag line is “there’s a strategy for that!”
– Gregory Giagnocavo, founder of StrategyAcademy.net

Their founder Gregory Giagnocavo has 30 exciting years of experience as an entrepreneur discovering and developing new opportunities. His ventures include writing and publishing books about the Internet beginning in 1992, starting an ISP in 1994, doing VoIP from 2004, as well as being a real estate developer of $50M+ in projects. He will be joining our UK bus to mentor the startups reach growth.


StartupBus UK 2016 is one of four buses participating in StartupBus Europe 2016, Europe’s most intense hackathon. Follow the competition from 2 till 7 September 2016 live on Twitter and on Facebook.

FIFA TMS partners with StartupBus Switzerland 2016

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We’re very happy to announce that FIFA TMS (Transfer Matching Systems) is partnering with StartupBus Switzerland 2016 this year.

Here’s what FIFA TMS has to say about themselves:

FIFA TMS strives to be the “go-to” solution provider in the football transfer market. Based on our knowledge of transfers and technology, we are committed to developing high quality products and services designed to meet football stakeholder and customer needs.

We are privileged to have the opportunity to make a difference in football and are always looking for experienced and driven employees to join our team. To learn more about FIFA TMS, please visit fifatms.com.

FIFA TMS builds cool products powering the global football scene such as International Transfer Matching System (ITMS), Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS), Global Player Exchange (GPX) and analytics through data & reports (D&R). You can follow them on Twitter at @FIFATMS.


StartupBus Switzerland 2016 is one of the buses participating in StartupBus Europe 2016, Europe’s most intensive bootcamp for entrepreneurs, software developers and designers. In 72 hours they’ll have to conceive, build and launch new startups while discovering Europe’s local tech ecosystem. Destination? Pirate Summit in Cologne, Europe’s craziest, invite-only startup conference.

Route of StartupBus Swiss 2016 (subject to change)

Want to join the ride from 2 to 7 September? Apply now at http://europe.startupbus.com!

Update about StartupBus Italy 2016

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For this year’s StartupBus Europe competition we have decided to merge the Italian bus with our other buses. Watch out for the Italian buspreneurs, they’re smokin’ hot!

A picture taken on one of the buses of Startupbus Europe 2015

The events in Bologna, Prague, Berlin and Hamburg to be visited by the Italian bus have been cancelled and we’re looking into visiting them next year. We wish to offer our sincere apologies for these late changes in the planning.


StartupBus believes entrepreneurship cannot be taught in a classroom but it can be learned while doing. Packing the experience of year one of a tech startup into 72 hours, our life-changing road trips are designed for maximal impact on the skills of our participating software developers, designers and hustlers. Our next competition is StartupBus Europe 2016, running from 2 till 7 September.

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. The 10 best startups will pitch at Pirate Summit in Cologne. Pirate Summit is Europe’s craziest invite-only startup conference with over 1,000 entrepreneurs and early stage investors attending.

If you want to participate, then head on over to http://europe.startupbus.com and hit the “Apply” button. We have a few spots left on our French and Swiss bus.

Announcing a new bus for StartupBus Europe 2016

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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!

Route of StartupBus France 2016

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.

StartupBus France 2016 logo

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/.

StartupBus 2016: North America Heads to Boulder

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Any buspreneur will tell you, mediocrity is a disease and StartupBus is the antidote. That’s why we’re excited to not only announce our 2016 North American Competition, but share some epic changes to this year’s event.

StartupBus North America 2016

On May 15-19th, 7 buses brimming with North America’s top tech talent will push themselves to 70 mph, as they dart across 3 countries towards Boulder, Colorado to compete on the Techstars Stage at Boulder Startup Week. Continue reading →

StartupBus armada sets sail for Pirate Summit in Europe

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We’re very happy to announce the StartupBus Europe 2016 competition!  Our buses will depart on Friday the 2nd of  September and arrive right on time for the Pirate Summit which happens on the 6th and 7th of September in Cologne (Germany).

However, it’s not our first rodeo.  We also went to Pirate Summit last year and we absolutely loved it! The atmosphere is similar to SXSW’s in Austin though it’s smaller and with a German twist. Last year Pirate Summit hosted 1,000 carefully selected individuals, 200 of those being investors. The talks were refreshing and inspiring, the food and beer delicious, and what happened at the party – well – stays at the party. Oh, and Till and Claudia are just amazing to work with. Do we need to say more? Continue reading →