StartupBus Europe 2015 Winners’ Announcement

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 — After thoughtful deliberation, the judging panel has ruled: Warm Hands (Germany –, @warmhandsorg) has won the 2015 StartupBus Europe competition.

Runner-ups are BetOn (Estonia – and Power Couple (UK –

Warm Hands is all about giving educated refugees the chance to start a new life and elderly people to continue theirs at home by connecting these two groups. Elderly people are able to stay in their house, gaining quality of life and safety by having companionship and help at home. In return, refugee families greatly improve their living conditions and are able to integrate into society.

AJ from Warm Hands states: “This is something big that we cannot build alone. We’ll need everyone’s support as we are solving two of the biggest issues of today’s society through a give and take relationship.” A campaign in collaboration with NGOs will start today. To get an overview of all organizations helping Warm Hands go to

BetOn offers a new platform for peer to peer online betting for hardcore sports fans, think soccer, basketball, ice hockey and American football.

2nd runner-up Power Couple offers a platform were two people can come together to choose, track and share activities they will do together to make their lives better.

The winner and the runner-ups receive a wild card to participate in the Walk The Plank startup competition of Pirate Summit 2015.

The finals judges comprised:

  • Inge Andre Sandvik, serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Norway
  • Elias Bizannes, StartupBus and StartupHouse founder
  • Oliver Thylman, Giant Swarm founder
  • Tim Schumacher, founder
  • Salome Gudmundsdottir, Klak Innovit CEO
  • Lorenz Graf, Startplatz founder

Since its conception in 2010, StartupBus has grown into a yearly competition in North America, Europe, the Pacific and through its African spin-off: Ampion Venture Bus. Heralded by the tech media as the Ironman of hackathons, StartupBus has evolved from an intense startup competition into a global network of 1.200 buspreneurs all committed to each other and to the StartupBus slogan: Empowering the people who can disrupt the status quo.

75 buspreneurs (who formed 18 teams in total) from 5 countries, Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Italy and the UK, boarded buses for a 3-day entrepreneurial bootcamp. All participants, be they app developers (50%), designers (25%) or business people (25%) are required to exit the bootcamp with a full blown startup. They are asked to pitch an idea, form teams and build a product or service in the 72 hours they spend on the bus. Upon arrival, each startup will be judged on their product, pitch and traction.

After the first pitch battle on September 1st, 5 out of 18 teams were chosen to compete in the finals at the Pirate Summit: Story Validator (Belgium), BetOn (Estonia), (Estonia), Warm Hands (Germany) and Power Couple (UK).

A separate prize, an invitation to the Allianz Digital Incubator in Munich, was given to Mo-Ho (Belgium), Story Validator (Belgium), Warm Hands (Germany), FreedHome (Italy) and Power Couple (UK).

The remaining two days will be spent at Pirate Summit in Cologne where the teams will be given the occasion to meet potential investors and present their newborn startups to an existing network, already interested in the matter.

StartupBus 2015 finalists
StartupBus 2015 winner - Warm Hands