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Ladies Learning Code takes over Busbud

1 Apr

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The latest Ladies Learning Code workshop was hosted at our HQ, and it was a success! The Introduction to Mobile Web workshop aimed to familiarize attendees to the basics of Responsive Web Design, in a super laid-back atmosphere. You can check out the photos below.

We’re glad this edition counted so many Busbud employees among the mentors and attendees; with Naoufal as lead instructor on this session, and Mike, Theo and Ziad as mentors. You can see all of them here.

The Montreal chapter of Ladies Learning Code now has a Facebook page, so go and click ‘like’ to make sure you don’t miss any updates. The next event in Montreal will be held on April 12th at Studio XX.

Ladies Learning Code is a Canada wide not-for-profit organization providing women the opportunity to learn beginner-friendly computer programming and other technical skills through hands-on workshops. These events are all about showing women that learning to hack can be fun.

Thank you all for coming!

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Busbud Hosts Innovation in E-Commerce Event on April 1st!

25 Mar
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Innovation in E-Commerce

Busbud is excited to host the “Innovation in E-Commerce event” on Tuesday, April 1st. The event will bring together the hottest startups, entrepreneurs and innovators in the Montreal eCommerce scene.

The event is organized by the great folks at MTL NewTech & MTL + eCOMMERCE.

The evening will begin with a chance to network, and meet potential business partners and co-founders alike.

4 startups then pitch on stage to the 200-strong crowd. The startups include Bon Look, FreshMint, MightyCast and ThirdShelf. The selected startups that are in one way or another innovating in logistics, operations, technology, mobile or some other aspect of their business. 

The pitches will be followed with a panel on the topic of innovation in eCommerce, and how to successfully launch an eCommerce site. Featured panelists will include Pinny Gniwisch, (founder of Ice.com), Richard Cohene (Marketing at Beyond the Rack) and Malik Yacoubi (VP Technologies and Mobile at Cossette).

Here is the schedule for the event:

6.00pm Doors open. Meet cofounders & Talent
6.45pm Beginning of presentations
7.30pm Panel : innovation in eCommerce // eCommerce launch
8.15pm Stay for networking !

For more info, check out the Facebook page. Get your tickets via Eventbrite.

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 Hosts 1st Startup Grind Montreal

11 Nov

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Busbud is very happy to host the first edition of Startup Grind Montreal. The inaugural event will be held at Busbud office on November 21st at 6pm.

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. It hosts monthly events in more than 50 cities and 15 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

In the past, Startup Grind has featured interviews with George Zachary (Charles River Ventures)Matt Rogers (Nest)Dave McClure (500 Startups)Steve Blank (Author)Ben Silbermann (Pinterest)Mike Abbott (KPCB)Charles Huang (Guitar Hero) and 150 more.

The speaker for the Montreal event is Greg Isenberg, founder and CEO of 5By, a video concerge service that scours the internet for the best videos and hand-delivers the ones you want to watch. The company was recently acquired by Silicon Valley company StumbleUpon. The Montreal Chapter Director of Startup Grind is Rami Sayar.

Learn more about the Montreal event on Betakit. Get tickets on Eventbrite.

You can also join the Startup Grind Montreal meetup.com community or like their Facebook page.

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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 Gets Ready for UK C100 Trip

12 Sep

Busbud is getting ready to participate in a trip to the UK from September 25 to 27th!

We recently announced that Busbud had been selected as a winner for the 2nd edition of the Global Adventure Competition!

Busbud will be organizing a travel event to connect with key innovators in the travel industry in collaboration with Smart Move and the Québec Government! If you’re around London, we’d love to meet you!

The Global Adventure Competition competition looks to introduce Canada’s most promising innovative technology companies to the UK’s vibrant tech community and is organized by the UK Trade and Investment Canada and supported by the C100. UK Trade and Investment Canada helps Canadian businesses launch their global adventures from the UK, and helps UK companies sell into Canada.

A few years ago, Montreal gave London its now famous “Boris Bikes”. Now, another technology from Québec promises to revolutionize the way we travel in the UK and beyond: Montreal-based Busbud is quickly becoming the Expedia for bus travel, all around the world.

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Meet Busbud at International New Tech Demo Tonight

9 Jul
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Source: MTL New Tech

Busbud is excited to be pitching tonight at the International New Tech Demo!

New Tech has been a monthly staple of the Montreal startup and tech community, and we’re delighted to be a part of this very special “International” edition, in relation with  the International Startup Festival. Thanks to organizers Heri Rakotomalala and Gregory Whiteside for the invite!

This edition will bring entrepreneurs from Montreal, NYC, Toronto, Europe and many other startup centers. It also offers a unique opportunity to network and discover what each city has best to offer. The audience will discover 4 new international startups and 2 new Montreal startups.

On July 11th, Busbud has also been selected to pitch at the International Startup Festival, which promises to bring together aspiring founders, groundbreaking innovators, and veteran entrepreneurs from around the world.

If you want to attend International New Tech, here are the details:

When: Tuesday, Jul 9 @ 6pm - 9pm (EST)
Where: INGO Innovation Centre, local 111 355, rue Peel – Montreal – Montreal

See you there!

Come Cheer Busbud on at Startup Hockey

8 Jul
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Credit: Five Hole For Food (http://www.fiveholeforfood.com/)

Busbud is happy to participate in the Startup Hockey event as part of the International Startup Festival on Wednesday!

The charity event features 3 on 3 street hockey matches between Startups and VCs (venture capitalists).

The event will be held Thursday July 11th from 12-2pm on King Edward Quay in Montreal’s scenic Old Port neighbourhood.

Source: International Startup Festival

Source: International Startup Festival

Proceeds go to Five Hole for Food, a national, volunteer-driven, non-profit organization with a bold, enterprising and entrepreneurial approach aimed at raising food and awareness for a cause that affects 10.8 million Canadians a year.

Over the past three years, FHFF has raised in excess of 200,000 pounds of food in support of local food banks across Canada. Armed with national partners, the unwavering support of over 40 volunteers, and an identity borne from social media, FHFF is bringing together communities across Canada by using hockey as a vehicle for social change, and reaching a new generation of social entrepreneurs.

You can expect particularly physical play from the Busbud team if the round-robin happens to pit us against our investor friends at iNovia Capital and Real Ventures! Keep your head up in the corners, David and JS! (Nothing like a bit of pre-game talk to boost the intensity!). Other investors participating include Rho Canada and BDC Venture Capital.

Come cheer us on live on Thursday or follow the action via the #FHFFHockey hashtag on Twitter!

As part of the International Startup Festival, Busbud was also selected to pitch to the audience of festival goers. Busbud was selected as one of 10 startup (out of 200) to pitch. This is an exciting week for Busbud!

We’re looking forward to showing our skills on the street!

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