StartupBus Vancouver

Content provided by StartupBus, Rui DaCosta.

You may not have heard of the StartupBus but that shouldn’t stop you from getting on it. The annual competition has grown from a friendly trip to an international phenomenon and the premise is simple: build a startup in just 3 days…on a bus.

It might sound crazy until you’ve done it and then you’re hooked. It’s not so much just the thrill of building something in a time crunch; it’s the whole community and the culture around it. StartupBus alums are everywhere and they love to help each other. Whether that’s helping with a job search or offering a couch to sleep on while traveling; the community is there to help.

I know what you’re thinking, “But Rui, how do you know so much about this thing that I’ve never heard of?” I’m a former buspreneur myself (NYC 2013, Seattle/Toronto 2014). I won’t say that either of my trips were easy, but I will say that the bus did two things for me. It showed me that I can build something from nothing, very quickly and it introduced me to some of the most amazing people I have ever met.

This year we’re doing things a little differently; each bus has a theme and I am very proud to be conducting a new bus leaving from Vancouver with the theme of Social Impact. If you want to know more, drop me a line or just apply at (invite code: OCANADA)

StartupBus North America will take place from May 15th – 19th and will feature buses from 7 cities and 200 buspreneurs who will converge at Boulder Startup Week, where finalists will be selected and featured on the Techstars stage.