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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.

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.

 

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.

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 →