What is the "Rise of the Rest?"

Winners with Steve Case at Atlanta Rise of the Rest Tour

Revolution's "Rise of the Rest" with Steve Case is a nationwide effort to shine a spotlight on — and work closely with — entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems across the U.S. Since 2014, Steve Case, the Revolution team, and partners have traveled over 3,000 miles to 14 "Rise of the Rest" cities, investing a total of $1.5 million in new businesses.

This is the beginning of a new era for entrepreneurship across the U.S. — high-growth companies can now start and scale anywhere, not just in a few coastal cities. Technological advances have lowered barriers to entry, improvements in public policy are making it easier to raise capital, and there is a growing consensus that the key to economic growth is vibrant startup communities.

The "Rise of the Rest" is about telling this story, investing in innovative founders across the country, and bringing together local leaders who are at the forefront of ushering in a new wave of startup activity.


Congratulations to all the Winners

At each stop on the Rise of the Rest Road Tour we hosted a pitch competition, pitting the best startups in each city against one another for a chance to win $100,000 from Steve Case. After fielding hundreds of applications and assembling an all-star team of judges in each city, we are proud to announce the winning teams:

Richmond: Wealthforge
Raleigh-Durham: Archive Social
Charleston: Bidr
Atlanta: Partpic
New Orleans: GoToInterview

These 5 startups represent the best of what each city's entrepeneurial community has to offer and we are thrilled to be their partner for the future.

Other Past Tours

First launched in June 2014, the Rise of the Rest bus tour has rolled through nine cities: Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Nashville, Madison, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Kansas City and St. Louis.

June 2014:

Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Nashville

Our first tour hit some of the most iconic cities in American history — from cars to steel, these regions have been, and once again can be, at the heart of driving American innovation. Learn more through coverage from Bloomberg TV (who joined us in Detroit), this USA Today oped from Steve Case, meet the first four pitch competition winners, and check out video highlights from each city on our YouTube page.

October 2014:

Madison, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Kansas City, St. Louis

The drive to put entrepreneurship front and center was apparent when we visited America’s heartland. You can relive the highlights of the second Rise of the Rest tour through this video, see it through the eyes of our partners at Startup Grind and learn more about the five winners of $100K investment in each city.

See more from this tour and past ones



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  • Salesforce
  • Startup Grind
  • Village Capital
  • Tech Cocktail