Traction Bus

Closing date: 31 October 2015


Location: Johannesburg and surrounding areas.


  • Start ups that are less than two years old.
  • Must be in the following markets; FinTech, Green Economy and Solar Power, Education, Mobile and Health Care.


Traction Bus is a mobile start-up pitching competition for African start-ups. We will select 25 entrepreneurs from a pool of applicants who will compete on the 18 November for one of 5 seats on the Traction Bus, the bus will be visiting hubs in Gauteng to expose founders to the start up ecosystem.

The 5 winners will then participate in the finale for potential investment at #THUDfest2015 in front of investors and mentors. THUDFest is Africa’s best start up festival focuses on seed and early stage start up activity with an attendance of over 5000 entrepreneurs.


The purpose of Traction Bus is to connect, expose and celebrate the start up ecosystem participants as well as exposing entrepreneurs to the different offerings by each ecosystem participant. From Government, Incubation programs, Acceleration programs, innovation Hubs, Venture capitalists angel investors and entrepreneurs all are involved on the Traction Bus.


Phase 1: Online application

Apply to be on the bus by sending your details and be notified if you are chosen as a finalist. The closing date is 31 October 2015, applications received after this date will not be considered. Complete the form below and attach the required document

Phase 2: Finalist announcement on the 4th November 2015.

Phase 3: Pre-competition training and mentorship session on the 11th November 2015.

Phase 4: Traction Bus pitch competition from 7:00 am until 15:30. The finale starts at 16:00 at #THUDFest2015 at the Constitutional Hill, 18 November 2015.

Got questions?, contact us: 011 050 1398 /


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Participating Hubs

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Community support

        eKasi Entrepreneurs         Pitch a lot         The HookUp Dinner

Applications now closed

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