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Busbud Wins $25K “Best Investment” Prize at 2014 HBS New Venture Competition!

17 Apr

Busbud is pleased to announce that it was named the winner of the $25K “Best Investment” prize at the World final of the 2014 HBS Alumni New Venture Competition yesterday in Boston!

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Busbud beat out 13 other world finalist startups to win the prize, which was voted by a panel of investors. Busbud had been selected in March as a region finalist for Canada to participate in the final. In addition to the prize money, the company will also have the opportunity to attend the Rock 100 Entrepreneurship Summit in Boston on April 29-30th.

Check out below the Busbud intro video that was part of our application!

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Busbud Wins Canadian Final of 2014 HBS New Venture Competition!

14 Mar

Busbud is proud to announce that it was named the winner of the Canadian final of the 2014 HBS Alumni New Venture Competition last night in Toronto!

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Busbud will represent Canada at the worldwide final in Boston on April 29-30th, competing against 15 other regions from around the world for $75K in prize money. The company will also have the opportunity to attend the Rock 100 Entrepreneurship Summit in Boston.

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Montreal Python @ Busbud

20 Feb

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We’re happy to announce we’ll be hosting the next Montreal-Python meetup at our offices on March 10th!

The time has come to call for speakers, we’re looking for you to jump on this opportunity! Whether you need 5-10 min or 30 min to share your thoughts, submit a talk proposal here!

Montréal-Python’s mission is to promote the growth of a lively and dynamic community of users of the Python programming language. The organization also aims to disseminate the local Python knowledge to build a stronger developer community and promotes Free and Open Source Software.

The event consists of regular meetings that showcase several short presentations followed by a longer main one. Everyone is free to attend, no particular skill level is required to enjoy the meetings, there are often presentations geared to all experience levels, from new comers to experts. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

See you there!

FailCamp MTL, le 22 février chez Busbud

17 Feb

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Nous sommes super heureux d’accueillir le FailCamp MTL ce samedi 22 Février à partir de 14h30! Les conférenciers de cette édition seront Cynthia Savard, JS Cournoyer, Mélanie Joly, LP Maurice, Marc Gagne, Claude Théorêt, Jevto Dedijer et Michel Nadeau.

L’évènement, organisé par Rami Sayar, Gabrielle Madé et Francis Gosselin, est dédié à la célébration de l’échec sous toutes ses formes, sans tabou. Après tout on le sait bien, faire des erreurs arrive même aux meilleurs!

L’après-midi promet d’être intéressant, et le public motivé. La preuve: les places se sont envolées en quelques minutes la semaine dernière.
Pour ceux qui n’auront pas obtenu de place, vous pouvez tout de même suivre la conversation sur twitter: #failcampmtl

Pour les autres, à samedi!

Voici le programme:
14:30 – Design et Web – Cynthia Savard Saucier (FR)
15:00 – Startups – JS Cournoyer + LP Maurice (EN)
15:30 – Physique et science – Claude Théorêt (FR)
16:30 – Technologie – Marc Gagne (EN)
17:00 – Politique et vie publique – Mélanie Joly (FR)
17:30 – 19:00 Unconference + Cocktail

Introducing the Montreal Chapter of Travel Massive

20 Jan

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Great news! Busbud’s CEO LP Maurice and friend Lauren McLeod from fellow Montreal travel startup Flightfox are launching the Montreal Chapter of Travel Massive this Tuesday, January 21st!

The free event will be held at The Reservoir bar. Good news, it’s open to anyone wanting to share a beer and talk about travel. We’ll be there, and we’d love to count you in!

Travel Massive is an international meetup for members of the travel industry and travel lovers. It’s mission is to help travel & tourism companies, bloggers, startups, and travel media to connect locally and internationally.

Montreal is the 40th city to join this global community, four meetups are planned for 2014.

For the story, the original Travel Massive event was held 5 years ago in 2009, when Ian Cumming and Alicia Smith, two Sydneysiders, decided to create an event to connect with other people in the Sydney local travel industry.

From a simple casual meetup on a rooftop bar with a few others from the online travel industry, they went to a massive event attracting international guests and travel CEOs to sydney, all this within a few months. Canadian Alicia Taggio then started the first meetup in Toronto and Travel Massive started to spread around the world. You can learn more about the group’s story on the Travel Massive’s Website.

Join the Montreal Travel Massive Facebook group to stay posted on the events!

Busbud Selected in Top 20 Innovative Companies in Canada by CIX

11 Nov

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Busbud is pleased to announce that is has been named in the Top 20 hottest technology companies in Canada by the CIX.

The CIX Top 20 is an elite index of the most forward-looking companies in the Canadian innovation ecosystem, and connects the key players driving technology-based business both in Canada and beyond.

An expert panel of innovation leaders have selected the 20 technology companies from across Canada to be featured in a live showcase at CIX 2013, taking place November 21, 2013 at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.

Busbud is happy to join fellow Montreal-based startups Breather, Plotly and Fabric Engine in this year’s Top 20.

Busbud joins Top 20 alums from Quebec such as Frank & Oak, Beyond The RackAcquisio, CoveoTungle and Wajam.

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For more information, check out the official announcement.

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Busbud Selected For 48 Hours In the Valley

8 Nov

Busbud is very excited to announce that it has been selected to participate in the 48 Hours in the Valley program in Silicon Valley!

48hrs in the Valley is the C100‘s flagship mentorship program put on in conjunction with the Canadian Consulate of San Francisco and Palo Alto.

Twice a year, the C100 invites 20 of Canada’s most promising startups to the Silicon Valley for two days of mentorship, workshops, investor meetings, strategic partner visits and networking.

 

The program is scheduled for December 2-4, 2013

For more information, check out the official announcement.

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Busbud selected to attend Brazil-Canada 3.0

7 Nov

Busbud has been selected by Brazil’s Comitê Gestor da Internet (CGI) and the Canadian Digital Media Network, as one of ten companies representing Canada at the Brazil-Canada 3.0 conference from December 4th – 6th, 2013.

The program will include opportunities to meet with potential customers and investors from Brazil, as well as the ability to learn about the Brazilian market from companies with experience in country. The Canadian and Brazilian companies will also take part in a pitch-off competition on December 3rd, with OpenText sponsoring the winning companies attendance at the Canada 3.0 conference, taking place in Calgary May 26th – 28th, 2014.

“This is a great opportunity for Busbud to enter the Brazilian market” said Kevin Tuer, Managing Director of the Canadian Digital Media Network, “Brazil is the seventh largest domestic IT market in the world, and as the host of the upcoming World Cup and 2016 Olympics there will be even greater opportunities going forward.”

Ricardo Sordre, CEO of the Brazilian accelerator Project-1, added “Many large Brazilian companies are in need of technologies that are not available in country, and Canadian companies can help fill that need in the fast-growth, high demand Brazilian market.“

Brazil represents an exciting new market for Busbud. “We are thrilled to participate in the event and eager to make new connections in Brazil with investors and partners alike!”, said LP Maurice, CEO of Busbud.

6Harmonics, ESL Explorer, fSONA Networks, Linquet, Magnet Forensics, Turnstyle, PO-MO, Xomo Digital and Zighra are the other companies chosen out of 164 applicants by a panel consisting of Ricardo Sodre (Project 1), Kevin Tuer (CDMN) and Sid Paquette, the Director of OMERS Ventures. The diverse group comes from across the country, and includes the retail, wireless, security, education and tourism sectors. The companies selected are high growth SMEs, with average revenue of $1.3 million that is projected to increase markedly over the next year through international expansion.

For more info, view the press release.

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Busbud at Fita 2013 in Mexico City

25 Sep busbud_fita

Busbud will be at Fita 2013 from September 26th to 29th

The best part of building a worldwide bus station is that we get to travel a lot.

This week we are in Mexico City for the International Tourism Fair of the Americas (Fita) 2013, and we are excited to meet current and future partners, each and every one of them helping Busbud make it easier and friendlier for travellers to discover the wonders of Mexico by bus.

Fita 2013, hosted by Mexico City, is a world-class international Tourism Fair that brings together tourism industry professionals from all over the world for the promotion and commercialization of touristic products and destinations. It also aims to generally foster new business and investments and enhancing the tourism positioning of Mexico City.

We can’t wait!

Busbud will also be traveling the country in the next few days. If you would like to meet us, let us know at pr@busbud.com; we always like to make new travel buddies.

Busbud Shortlisted for 2013 “Innovator of the Year” Prize by PwC

10 Sep

Busbud is happy to announce that is has been shortlisted for the 2013 Innovator of the Year by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) as part of the Vision 2 Reality Awards.

The Innovator of the Year Award acknowledges “the company that has best demonstrated the commercialization of an innovative technology solution. The innovation must be new, unique and a game changer—and customer acceptance must be demonstrated”.

Busbud joins an impressive list of 20 top Canadian startups, including awesome Montreal companies Frank & Oak, Wajam and PasswordBox.

All 20 startups are competing for “Up and Coming Companies” nominations and hope to take home the coveted “Innovator of the Year” prize.

In 2012, the Innovator of the Year prize was won by Wattpad, a Toronto-based company which has created the world’s largest community for readers and writers with 10 million unique users in 2012 who spend about 2.4 billion minutes per month on average with the service.

Winners will be announced in November 2013!

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