Back again this November, StartupBus, the annual entrepreneurial road trip, is taking flight and this year taking their bus journey to Africa - we took a gander for good measure....
The idea behind StartupBus is surprisingly simple - a bunch of self starters or 'buspreneurs' as the StartupBus guys have described them, set about conceiving, building and launching a startup, yep as you may have guessed, whilst they travel around on a bus.
We've seen a few of these types of transport-themed hackathon/incubators/meetups recently. From bikes with LDN2MAN and last year’s StartupBus, through to the Richard Branson led hackathon on a plane, it seems that transport led events are being used as the vehicle (*sorry) for innovation, creativity and change.
So, this November (18th-21st), StartupBus will travel to Southern Africa, bringing together 15 African and 15 international entrepreneurs, made up of coders (50%), designers (25%) and business developers (25%). The core goal of the road trip is to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa, help international entrepreneurs understand the African market, tap into the massive potential for tech growth and in turn create ties and networks between all three - and of course incubate some top notch new startups along the way.
Going back to the road, bike, bus, plane, transport-themed hackathon/startathon type events, you can understand why apart from the analogy of going on a 'journey' and going through the A to B of creating a startup, the fact that you are in a confined space for lots of the time must surely help. After all, with coders, designers, thinkers and creatives all in the one space, and all enjoying their African themed journey, you can understand why StartupBus and other such initiatives can work a treat.
Good luck to all of those who take the trip and we look forward to hearing more from the Bus and its occupants ASAP.
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Mi-IDEA Manchester Networking Event
27th Sep 2016
The teams from CISCO and Manchester Science Partnerships have teamed up to create Mi-IDEA, a post-accelerator designed to foster and nurture digital innovation in the North West of England.