9h AEDT: all buses depart!
After departure, each buspreneur will get the mic to pitch the ideas he wants to work on during the bootcamp. Once everyone has pitched their ideas, teams are formed around the most popular ideas on each bus.
Teams start to think about the problem they want to solve and about how they want to solve it.
Once a team settles on a name, they're entered into the StartupBus Game. This game allows people that aren't on a StartupBus to participate in the bootcamp and buy and sell shares of the startups born on the buses.
Teams have to be fast because the bus is crossing the continent and stops in cities where the teams have to pitch their idea.
Day 2 of the StartupBus bootcamp.
We'll see startups having trouble defining their vision and mission, while other startups are moving fast and are doing customer validation during the stops.
Wireframes are being drawn by the UX designers on board and the developers start working on their prototypes.
The last 24 hours of the bootcamp...
Sleep deprivation is kicking in. Some hustlers are getting tired of their own pitch while others keep on iterating to find something that sticks. They desperately want to achieve what happened on the 2015 New York bus: finding a seed investor and having to go into stealth mode.
Developers and designers are working non-stop on getting their prototypes to work on their mobile phones or in the cloud.
At 9h AEDT it's the end of the 72 hours: demo time for all startups born on the participating buses in Sydney.
In the morning, every startup the opportunity to demo their product and show what traction they have achieved. What startups actually closed some sales? They have 3 minutes to pitch.
The jury selects the 5 best demos and buspreneurs can network. Break time while we wait for the final pitch. All buspreneurs help the 5 best startups with improving their demos.
In the eveninig, the 5 best startups selected will pitch again in front of judges and investor.
Who will be the winner of StartupBus Asia Pacific 2017?
Time to say goodbye to your new BFF's! Even though it's a goodbye, the buspreneurs now become part of a global network of thousands of StartupBus alumni that have gone on to change the world.
I came up with my idea for using audio tags to precisely target relevant advertising aboard the StartupBus. Now, I have a public-private partnership, I've signed Jay-Z's Roc Nation and I'm nominated for an award at SXSW Interactive.
As a veteran of the tech industry, I can say that StartupBus epitomises the solidarity community that members of our burgeoning industry should be striving for. From the top down, StartupBus is a great community to be a part of, and I consider myself privileged to have been part of the story since Day One"
Thanks to StartupBus I became a true entrepreneur and I'm now ready to pursue my own idea.