Celebrating Entrepreneurship Across America

Rise of the Rest Spring 2015 Post-tour Video

We believe in the power of entrepreneurship to change the world. Our mission is to catalyze entrepreneurship and empower the communities from coast to coast that are keeping the American Dream alive for future generations.

In May 2015, we hit the road for the third Rise of the Rest Road Tour to 5 American cities including Richmond, Raleigh-Durham, Charleston, Atlanta and New Orleans to celebrate the progress and tell the stories of the people and ideas that are reinventing some of America's greatest cities one startup at a time.

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



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