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Elance Sends Off Silicon Valley StartupBus to SXSW

Some of the best ideas have been created in the unlikeliest of places—so why not try to start a company on a 3-day bus ride with fellow entrepreneurs you've never met before? That's the premise behind StartupBus, the competition pitting teams of budding entrepreneurs together to essentially build companies from scratch.

Since its launch two years ago, StartupBus has grown in size and scope, as entrepreneurs all over the country come together to make the pilgrimage to Austin, Texas for the annual SXSW conference--a key series of dates on most every tech entrepreneur's calendar.

Along the way, they branch off into 5-6 teams (affectionately called "tribes"), develop concepts and prototypes and start pitching their business and product ideas. The tribes convene at selected stops in the country to solicit feedback from users and as they continue to build their ideas out, they post their ideas on startupbus.com, vying for the opportunity to showcase their ideas for seed money once they arrive at SXSW.

Elance is proud to be sponsoring the bus from our own backyard, Silicon Valley, as they make the trek to Austin. In fact, we sent our Silicon Valley entrepreneurs off with a kickoff breakfast at our headquarters before their early morning departure yesterday.

Competing with the Silicon Valley group are buses coming from New York, Washington D.C., Louisiana, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Florida, Cincinnati and Boston, as well as one from Mexico and one from Stanford University, not far from Elance headquarters in Mountain View.

You can track the Silicon Valley StartupBus' progress, as they pass through Los Angeles, Arizona, and ultmately end in Austin, on the StartupBus website here.

We wish the teams all the best in the competition!