Celebrating Entrepreneurship Across America

In cities and towns across America, startup communities are gaining momentum and rising up as entrepreneurs find it easier to start a business, innovate, and create jobs. We want to celebrate and accelerate this "Rise of the Rest" so the next wave of American entrepreneurship brings growth and prosperity all over the country.

Join us — online or in person — as the bus gets rolling again on a five-city tour through the southern U.S. to celebrate progress, invest in local startups, and tell the stories of the people and companies that are working together to change the world.

Rise of the Rest interview with Steve Case

Pitch Your Startup to Steve Case

On the Rise of the Rest road trip we are not just celebrating entrepreneurs — we are investing in them.

In each city we'll host a pitch competition and the winner will earn a $100,000 investment from Steve Case.

Do you have what it takes to move your company to the next level?

RICHMOND, VA/ may 04

Fireside Chat

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Happy Hour

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RALEIGH-DURHAM, NC/ may 05

Fireside Chat

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Happy Hour

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CHARLESTON, SC/ may 06

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Happy Hour

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ATLANTA, GA/ may 07

Fireside Chat

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Pitch Competition

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Happy Hour

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NEW ORLEANS, LA/ may 08

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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.

Ready to Take Your Company to the Next Level?

Deadline: April 20

PRESENTED BY

SPONSORED BY

  • Engine
  • Salesforce
  • Startup Grind
  • Village Capital