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The StartupBus is largely driven by sponsorship from awesome companies like who share our values and love seeing entrepreneurs flourish. But, as I’m sure most of you have noticed there is also a participation fee which ensures that those of us who help organize this don’t get stuck with the check when everyone else gets up from the table. That being said, we don’t think that just paying it on your credit card is very interesting. If you’re going to be an entrepreneur, you’re probably going to have to raise funds at some point, and you might as well start now.

So, we’re challenging you to raise your $200 fee not from your own pocket but in sponsorship from companies, friends, family, lemonade stand proceeds, your twitter network, your blog or anywhere else that you can get your wider community involved. And, because we want you to succeed, we’ve set up a Kickstarter campaign to help you raise the funds. Lets be honest, it’s sometimes a bit awkward asking to be sponsored – Kickstarter makes it a lot easier. Check the campaign out at and start spreading the word.

If we hit out $10,000 goal, we’ll start refunding as much of the participation fees as we can.

Of course, if you want to go a route other than Kickstarter, we fully encourage it! These are a few ideas that we’ve seen floating around, and if you have others, leave them in the comments – bonus points for creative suggestions!

  • Get your company (or any company) to sponsor you to wear their t-shirt while you’re on the bus – just ask for more than one shirt so you can change it from time to time.
  • Ask your mother for cash – if your mother is anything like mine, she will be glued to the StartupBus website while you’re on the bus and would be happy to help.
  • Reach out to a company on Twitter and suggest that they sponsor the StartupBus.
  • Talk to the local chamber of commerce about helping to promote the tech scene in your city.

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