3-day bus tour aims to launch startups in Tennessee

What happens when you take 20 designers, coders, entrepreneurs and marketing folks, stick them on a bus, send them on a three-day trip from Nashville to San Antonio and tell them to start businesses along the way?

Good things, CrunchFire Ventures managing partner Steve Repetti swears. Buspreneurs.

Tennessee is sending a bus to the annual StartupBus competition and pitch in San Antonio for the first time this year. The program was founded in 2010 and now draws hundreds of entrepreneurs from all over the United States.

Bus riders will leave from Nashville, introduce themselves, pitch business ideas and then break into four or five teams to work on those ideas throughout the trip. The bus will stop in several cities on the way to San Antonio, and at each city, the teams will pitch their ideas to local experts and investors.