What do you get when you put 30 purpose-driven strangers on a bus and give them 72 hours to conceive, build, and launch a startup?

Businesses that will transform the world… For the better.

This Spring the best and the brightest will come together to compete in the most epic competition the Americas has ever seen – combining the magic of a hackathon and a road trip to create the ultimate adventure on wheels.

For the 9th year in a row, @TheStartupBus will depart from New York City and go head to head with buses from 9 other regions to see who can create the most innovative business. This year, the New York Bus will be a special one, where the best and brightest changemakers come together to engineer solutions to pressing social, political, and environmental challenges. We’ve carefully selected riders with a deep understanding of issues in their communities, a profound sense of responsibility to contribute to society, and the entrepreneurial tenacity to bring their visions of a better world to life.

We believe in launching businesses that are more ethical and transparent. We believe in taking down the dinosaurs that take advantage of consumers and fuel harmful behaviors. We believe in creating businesses that make people’s lives better, removing unnecessary pain and suffering.

Simply put, we don’t believe in just selling — we believe in solving problems.

Once everyone arrives in New Orleans, you’ll get the chance to make your final pitch to kickass StartupBus alumni and incredible judges that we’ll be bringing in. We’re not going to sugarcoat it, the ride to New Orleans will be tough. We’ll be stopping in cities all over the US and we’re not going to tell you what they are. You’re not going to get much sleep and you may have to fight people off to charge your devices. You’ll be pushed past your limits and will go through all the feels. But it’ll be worth it when you find greatness on the other side.

We can promise you that the few, the proud, the brave who are selected to join our elite crew will leave with the experience of a lifetime, a new group of best friends/business partners, a whole new view of what’s possible and plenty of tales from the trenches.

So what are you waiting for? Apply Now for the chance to join the most exclusive community in tech and see if you have what it takes to hit the pedal to the metal.

See you on the other side!

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The StartupBus New York Crew

The 2018 Crew

A stunning photo of Colleen Wong

Colleen Wong

Conductor - 2018
Buspreneur - 2017

A stunning photo of Sriram Sridharan

Sriram Sridharan

Conductor - 2018
Buspreneur - 2016

Previous Crew Members

A stunning photo of Madelena Mak

Madelena Mak

National Director - 2018
Lead Conductor - 2017
Buspreneur - 2014

A stunning photo of Ajay Desai

Ajay Desai

Conductor - 2017

A stunning photo of Amy Hua

Amy Hua

Conductor - 2017

A stunning photo of Nick Persico

Nick Persico

Mentor - 2017

A stunning photo of Prateek Gupta

Prateek Gupta

Mentor - 2017
Conductor - 2016
Board Member - 2016
Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Donald Whyte

Donald Whyte

Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Laura Cartagena

Laura Cartagena

Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Jennifer Shaw

Jennifer Shaw

Conductor - 2015

A stunning photo of Edwin Rogers

Edwin Rogers

Conductor - 2015

A stunning photo of Nate Cooper

Nate Cooper

Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Alice Ng

Alice Ng

Conductor - 2014

About StartupBus

StartupBus believes that entrepreneurship can't be taught but it can be learned through unique experiences.

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