StartupBus is the legendary 5-day tech entrepreneurship bootcamp and startup competition - on a road trip on buses - featured on TechCrunch, TIME, NBC News and even an entire podcast series on StartUp, now in its 10th glorious year.

Refreshingly, as a hackathon, we keep it simple. There are no rules except one: You simply need to submit a working tech product that is launched and used by the public within the first 3 days on the bus. There are no restrictive themes, and you can employ whatever resources you can hack with, as long as everything was made from scratch.

You will board one of our 7 buses across North America, departing from cities such as New York, San Francisco, Tampa, and more. You will pitch your idea and your skills to a bus full of top tech talents - developers, designers, and entrepreneurs - and then form your teams on the bus. You will hack together for 3 days, while stopping by many awesome tech communities, cool spots, beautiful places, and a few suprises along the way.

All buses converge in New Orleans, where you will face off teams from all over the world. For 2 days, you will pitch your way to the top, and learn the best strategies to building your dream startup from real world investors, founders, and StartupBus alumni.

Our next buses are departing on July 24. Get your ticket now and don't miss the once-in-a-lifetime adventure to make it in the tech world!

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  • All participants must be older than 18 years old.
  • You can be from anywhere as long as you can get to where the bus departs.


Send us the link to your launched product, and show us the traction you've gained over the 3 days. A submission form will be posted on the 3rd day of the journey.

Hackathon Sponsors


The StartupBus Trophy

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Apply for your seat on the bus today at - If you're a developer or designer, you don't need an invite code.

Fill in the short application form, and your bus conductor will schedule a call with you so they can learn if you're fit for the bus before the trip.


Wayne Sutton

Wayne Sutton
Co-Founder at Change Catalysts, Director at Backstage Capital

Melinda Briana Epler

Melinda Briana Epler
Co-Founder at Change Catalysts, Director at Backstage Capital

Alicia Syrett

Alicia Syrett
Founder at Pantegrion Capital

Ulili Onovakpuri

Ulili Onovakpuri
Partner at Kapor Capital

Judging Criteria

  • Free-form
    All of our final judges are investors, and they will apply their own individual standards of how they evaluate startups in real life.

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