Ten reasons to apply for StartupBus Europe
Here are 10 undeniable reasons to make up your mind and just go for it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.