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The Road Ahead

9 Jul

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Today, Busbud is proud to announce the closing of a $9M Series A funding round co-led by OMERS Ventures and Revolution Ventures, with participation from iNovia Capital and Real Ventures.

This is a special milestone for our team at Busbud. We are very proud of the road travelled so far and grateful for all the support we’ve received in the past few years. We’ve come a long way since our humble beginnings when our founding team worked from my basement and living room.

The investment will help us further fulfill our mission: to make bus travel easy around the world. When I visited South America in 2011, I realized the bus booking experience could be greatly simplified, especially for international travellers. We’ve been at hard work solving this challenge ever since. This new round will allow us to keep improving our product, grow the team and expand our coverage to new markets.

I would like to personally thank all our bus operator partners and travellers who have trusted us since the start. With the help of our partners, we will continue to offer a smart mobility solution that makes it easy for travellers everywhere to roam the planet by bus. In addition to being budget-friendly, the bus is one of the greenest forms of transport available and we are proud to keep promoting its benefits.

I’d also like to thank each member of our amazing team. To my co-founders, to our early team members who joined us two years ago and to those who joined the team just last week, I appreciate your trust and dedication. It’s a pleasure to wake up every morning and work on hard problems together with you. Thanks also to the many investors and advisors who were early believers in the market opportunity and stood beside us to help us realize our vision. There is still a long road ahead, but we would not be here today without you.

Finally, I’d like to offer a special thanks to the Montreal startup ecosystem. While our service is used in various parts of the world, most of the Busbud team is proudly based in Montreal, Canada. Countless members of our ecosystem – which really feels like a family more than an ecosystem on most days – have generously helped us, opened doors and taught us what it took to build a great company. We are grateful and indebted for your continued support.

We’re excited about the future and happy to have you all onboard with us for the ride.

Want to work with a great team on exciting challenges? We’re hiring. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for the latest Busbud updates.

LP Maurice (@lpmo)
CEO & Co-Founder, Busbud

Busbud team photo on July 2014

Photo credit: Andrew Budyk & Alain Wong

Come meet Busbud at C2MTL 2014

21 May
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A workshop in progress at C2-MTL!

Busbud is really excited about the C2MTL conference happening in Montreal next week from May 27-29th.

Described as a cross between Ted and Burning Man, the C2MTL conference on commerce and creativity is organized by Sid Lee, Cirque du Soleil, Fast Company and Microsoft and will feature an inspiring list of speakers including James Cameron (director), Tony Hsieh (Zappos) and Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize winner).

In 2013, Busbud had the chance to be a winner of the Bronfman Foundation  Emerging Entrepreneur program.

Two Chances to Connect

This year, Busbud is glad to announce we are coming back and that we’ll be involved in two different ways:

On May 27th, Busbud CEO LP Maurice will take the stage as part of the new Garage speaker series presented by Laurentian Bank. LP will be interviewed by journalist Diane Bérard of business magazine Les Affaires and will discuss creativity and innovation at Busbud. This talk will run in parallel to conferences in the Microsoft Forum.

On May 28th, Busbud will be hosting a workshop on international expansion titled “So you want to go global?”. Busbud team leaders LP Maurice, Thomas Geissmann and Pierrich Picard will share best practices from our experience developing new markets abroad. Participants will learn more about trade missions, email marketing, landing pages, SEO and more ways of connecting with potential partners worldwide. This workshop is presented as part of a series presented by our friends at PwC Canada.

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We’ll be around all week, so feel free to come meet us for questions, to exchange ideas and more!

See you at C2-MTL!

Photo:  Workshop of PwC at C2MTL 2013 with Chris Bangle, Designer of Chris Bangle Associates and former Chief of Design, BMW Group. (Courtesy of C2MTL)

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!

Meet Busbud at International New Tech Demo Tonight

9 Jul
Source: MTL New Tech

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!

Busbud Selected for International Startup Festival 2013!

27 Jun

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Busbud is pleased to announce it has been chosen to participate and pitch in the 2013 edition of the International Startup Festival!

Busbud was selected among over 200 submissions from 40 cities around the world. The 12 finalist startups hail from San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Waterloo, Dubai, England, Vietnam and India.

As one of the chosen startups, Busbud will have the chance to present their companies on stage to the festival audience. Presenting at the festival is a great opportunity for companies to gain international attention ranging from the media, investors, partners, clients and more!

The Festival will be held in Montreal July 10-13th, 2013! Tickets are still available here.

Here is a highlight reel from the 2012 event:

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Busbud Selected for Accelerate C100 Event

11 Jun

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Busbud was selected as one of the “10 hottest startups in Montreal” and invited to pitch as last week’s Accelerate Montreal event hosted by the C100.

AccelerateMTL celebrates and showcases the technology entrepreneur community. It’s where the hottest technology companies in Montreal come together with leading Canadian and Silicon Valley investors and influencers to further accelerate the development of the Canadian start-up community.

The C100 is a non-profit, member-driven organization that supports Canadian technology entrepreneurship through mentorship, partnership and investment.

Here are a few pictures from the event:

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Want to join a great team working on challenging projects? We’re hiring!

Photo credit: Eva Blue

Busbud Raises $1M Round

29 May

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Big news! We officially completed a first round of financing totaling $1M, co-led by Canadian funds iNovia Capital and Real Ventures.

This is amazing news for at least two reasons.

First, the new funds will allow us to grow the team and cover more ground, which will help us make intercity bus travel even more convenient for an increasing number of travellers around the world.

Second, this means that we can also count on the support of amazing and knowledgeable people with very relevant range of expertise and experience in the entrepreneurship field, the travel and leisure industry, and the intercity bus business, including:

David Nault and JS Cournoyer are joining the board, while others are joining our advisory board, which already counts as a member Sylvain Langis, 25-year bus industry veteran and founder of Canadian intercity bus leader and Busbud partner Orleans Express.

We really couldn’t think of a better mix of people to help take Busbud to the next level.

Busbud, Your Worldwide Bus Travel Companion

The Busbud website and mobile application are the most comprehensive sources of worldwide intercity bus travel information, offering bus schedules for 4379 cities in 66 countries, available in 10 languages and 15 currencies.

This round of financing brings us one step closer to becoming the “Kayak of worldwide bus travel”, and we are very grateful for the confidence and support of the people mentioned above.

To learn more about Busbud, visit our About section.

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