[EXPIRED] Top Hackathon @ StartupBus

Created to empower the creators of the next generation of technology companies to disrupt the status quo, StartupBus is the legendary startup competition. StartupBus is currently seeking applicants to join the six day journey and build startups with other cutting-edge entrepreneurs. Learn more below.


About StartupBus:

Created to empower the creators of the next generation of technology companies to disrupt the status quo, StartupBus is the legendary startup competition and boot camp that fast forwards lives and careers – changing how you see the world and your place in it. Equal parts boot camp and road trip, StartupBus is an annual competition designed to empower the tech community - challenging top tier talent to hop on a bus and conceive, build and launch a startup in just 72 hours.

StartupBus is an experience that is as real as it gets: You'll be building real working products. You'll be selling this product to gain real traction. You'll be pitching to real investors and advisors. This is no greenhouse environment unlike other startup boot camps.

Face it - the life of being a founder chasing your dreams will be way harder than riding the Bus. You'll be amazed by what you can achieve in only 5 days, knowing that if you can get through this, you can certainly conquer your next goals.

The Opportunity:

StartupBus has opened its applications and is seeking with big ideas and solid talents to execute: People with an urge to create. People still eager to learn. People who are open to unique perspectives. People that can work as a team. Become part of a #DreamTeam you can’t buy your way into and join ranks with some of the most elite hackers, makers and influencers around.

For 2019, there are eight bus routes lined up. Each bus will depart from their regions heading to New Orleans in Summer. Origin cities include Silicon Valley, Washington DC, New York, Florida, Toronto, Ohio, Mexico City.


If you are open to new ideas, a self starter, a team player and an adventurous spirit with a can-do attitude and an aspiration to build great products that help millions of people through technology, you are probably a great fit for the bus. Additionally, your skillset should cover both strategic (long term planning) and tactical (get sh*t done) aspects of your domain.

We look for an equal proportion of developers (e.g. front end, back end, data science), designers (e.g. product, UX, visual design) and hustlers/influencers (e.g. sales, finance, marketing, research) on the bus. If you don’t have all the hard skills, no worries, learn them in the next few weeks. That’s what entrepreneurs do.

All riders must be 18 years or older.

Bus Rules:

  • Your team on the bus must have at least 2 humans, and no more than 5.

  • Only working products are allowed for the presentation during the first Qualification Round. No slide decks or PowerPoints are allowed for that round.

  • Your startup must be created from scratch on Day 1 on the bus, i.e. all codes must be new except boilerplate libraries, all design assets must be new except font, common UI, or icon libraries, and all social media accounts must be brand new.

  • You cannot build a startup based on a previous hackathon or competition entry, or an existing startup of your own.

  • Your entry must not be plagiarized work of others.

  • All entries must be submitted by the submission date and time to be announced during the competition. Late submissions will not be allowed to compete. You are allowed to change and update your product after your submission, but you won’t be able to edit your submission entry.

Application Deadline: ASAP - buses leave July 24


APPLY here before seats fill up! Let them know Next Gen sent you! Limited number of diversity scholarships available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Alex Gordon