StartupBus Europe starts recruitment for the 2016 bootcamp

“Entrepreneurship cannot be taught but it can be learned.”

Friday, February 19, 2016 — StartupBus is pleased to announce that its 2016 European bootcamp for entrepreneurs will end up again at the Pirate Summit in Cologne. This invite-only conference will be opened on 6 September with pitches of the 10 best startups launched during the StartupBus roadtrip. These 10 startups will be selected the day before at the Corda INCubator in Hasselt (Belgium). Participants can apply from now onwards at


On Friday 2 September, six buses will depart from the following countries (with more countries in the pipeline):

  • Belgium
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom


72 hours later, on Monday 5 September, the 120 buspreneurs will meet for semi-finals at the Corda INCubator in Hasselt (Belgium), the premises of an old Philips campus. At this incubator for young entrepreneurs, the 10 best startups of StartupBus Europe 2016 will be designated.


After semi-finals the buses will head towards the Pirate Summit in Cologne (Germany) where the finalists will have the opportunity to pitch to the 200 gathered investors.


People interested in learning what it takes to build a startup should apply at Invite codes can be obtained by interacting with @TheStartupBus on Twitter.



For more information, visuals or anything else regarding StartupBus Europe please contact

Keit Kollo,

Steven Beeckman,


About StartupBus

StartupBus is a global family of more than 1.000 developers, designers and genuine business people. Each year the family grows thanks to StartupBus’ annual 72 hour bootcamps in North America, Europe and Australia. During such a bootcamp several buses depart from multiple countries all over the continent and drive towards a common destination, usually a major technology conference. In those 72 hours the participants - called ‘buspreneurs’ - have to conceive, build and launch new startups. During the competition the startups have to pitch their idea and prototypes multiple times, culminating in semi-finals and finals.


Twitter: @TheStartupBus

Facebook: TheStartupBus



About Pirate Summit

Some 1.200 founders, VCs, business angels, selected participants and speakers meet at Odonien, a scrapyard in Cologne at Pirate Summit. This invite-only startup conference, where participants are carefully selected by the crew, is famous for its exciting, inspiring and motivating atmosphere.


Twitter: @PirateSummit

Facebook: PirateSummit and



About Corda INCubator

Corda INCubator houses 68 “residents” and young startups in the technology and services industry and is adding capacity for another 100 entrepreneurs. They believe that modern companies must embrace open innovation to remain relevant. This is why they fully endorse the sharing economy. Their residents are surrounded with a perfect ecosystem of people and the resources needed to grow. Corda INCubator is part of Corda Campus, an open innovative ICT campus in the centre of the triangle formed by Eindhoven-Aachen-Leuven. A leading international campus for technology, high-tech, ICT and media.


Twitter: @CordaCampus

Facebook: CordaCampus