California-based cloud communications company Twilio and SendGrid, a Colorado-based email deliverability company, have announced the inaugural DOer Express, a bus for entrepreneurs en route to the International Startup Festival in Montreal. The DOer Express, in partnership with Bessemer Venture Partners and Microsoft, will be leaving from New York City on July 11, and will transport 46 early stage startup founders while offering mentoring from top entrepreneurs, members of the startup community and technical advisors, such as Craig Kitterman, Technical Product Manager on the Windows Azure team at Microsoft. Startups can apply for a free spot on the bus online.
“SendGrid has traveled the challenging road from a young startup with a vision to a category-defining technology company with tens of thousands of customers,” said Isaac Saldana, co-founder, SendGrid. “Our DOer Express Bus participation is made in the spirit of helping aspiring startups understand some of the opportunities and risks ahead and in sharing some of our own experience as we traveled the same path.”
The DOer Express will be leaving from New York City for Montreal early morning Wednesday, July 11, 2012 and returning late night Friday, July 13. Bessemer Venture Partners will also throw a kickoff event the evening of Tuesday, July 10, featuring talks from partners and other socializing and networking opportunities.
“Twilio is all about empowering DOers with great tools,” said Twilio CEO and Co-founder Jeff Lawson. “We’re excited to sponsor the DOer Express, giving developers the tools, focus, and wheels to help build some great businesses en-route to the The International Startup Festival.”
“The International Startup Festival brings the best and brightest startups from around the world to Montreal,” said Philippe Telio, Founder and Producer of the International Startup Festival. “Having a busload of these folks coming from New York is a dream come true, and companies like Twilio and SendGrid are once again demonstrating their commitment to startup ecosystems.”