Rise of the Rest 5.0 Announced!

Rise of the Rest Spring 2015 Post-tour Video

Revolution’s "Rise of the Rest" with Steve Case is a nationwide effort to work closely with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. Since 2014, Steve Case, the Revolution team, and partners have visited 19 cities and invested a total of $2 million in local startups.

The effort has been praised by President Obama, leading Republicans, and business leaders across the country.

The next Rise of the Rest tour will take place the week of October 3, 2016. Want the bus to visit your city? Tell us why here or on social media using #RiseofRest

Fall 2015 Cities

What Happens on a Rise of the Rest Visit?

At each stop on the Rise of the Rest Road Tour Steve Case, the Revolution Team, and our partners – including Google for Entrepreneurs and Salesforce for Startups - host a pitch competition pitting the best startups in each city against one another for a chance to win $100,000 from Steve Case.

In addition, throughout the day, we visit the fastest growing startups in the city, hear directly from innovators, spend time learning from local policy and business leaders, and host a big party to celebrate startups with the community. Our view is that this 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.

Past Tours


What Have We Learned During Our First, 4,000 Miles?

After traversing 4,000 miles by bus we have met founders building companies in an array of sectors, as well as local leaders addressing myriad challenges of fostering startup activity in their particular ecosystems. The most common question we hear is also the most vexing: “what are you seeing out there that is working well?” Here are four takeaways after visiting Nashville, Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Madison, St. Louis, Richmond, Raleigh-Durham, Charleston, Atlanta, New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Manchester, and Portland ME.

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Rise of the Rest Winning Companies

  • 75F
  • Archive Social
  • Artiphon
  • Bidr
  • Energy Intelligence
  • Frameri
  • Fresh Air
  • Go To Interview
  • PartPic
  • Pear Deck
  • Pop Biotech
  • Rapport
  • Scholly
  • Sisu
  • Social Proof
  • Sole Power
  • Solomo
  • Synek
  • Wealth Forge



  • Salesforce
  • Engine
  • Startup Grind
  • Village Capital
  • Tech Cocktail