Ninety developers, three buses, 72 hours building businesses on the road to Austin. That’s “Startup Bus”.
Last night, three buses with entrepreneurs from New York, Washington DC and Ohio arrived in Nashville to get a crash course in mentoring from the Entrepreneur Center. After upwards of 18 hours on the road, coding, developing and building technology-based businesses, the buses will arrived at the Nashville Hard Rock Café where some of the city’s top entrepreneurs will greet the “Buspreneurs,” share some technology and decompress from their trip.
The event was co-sponsored by Griffin Technologies and the Technology Council.
Populr.me, an EC Incubating company launched a private pilot to the Startup Bus development teams with the challenge to build websites for each team in 10 minutes or less.
This morning, “Buspreneurs” met with EC mentors to review their progress and obtain feedback on their business models. Nashville is the first of three stops on the bus tour, culminating in Austin and the South By South West (SXSW) music and technology festival. As a massive technology and entrepreneurial event, the SXSW Startup Village is globally known for bringing together startups, entrepreneurs, investors and “cutting edge digital tastemakers.” Businesses built on the startup bus trip will have an opportunity to be pitched in front of investors and get funded in Austin.
“The entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nashville is bringing in entrepreneurs by the busload!” said Michael Burcham, Entrepreneur Center president and CEO. “We hope the “buspreneurs” spread the word to everyone in Austin about the activity and energy in Nashville’s startup community.”