What is the "Rise of the Rest?"

Rise of the Rest Spring 2015 Post-tour Video

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.

Revolution's "Rise of the Rest" with Steve Case is a nationwide effort to tell this story and 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 new businesses.

Fall 2015 Cities

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:

Baltimore: Sisu Global Health
Philadelphia: Scholly
Buffalo: Energy Intelligence and POP Biotechnologies
Manchester: FreshAir Sensor
Portland: Rapport

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

Past Tours


A Look Back: Rise of the Rest After One Year

June was the one year anniversary of Rise of the Rest. The first 3,000 miles took us to New Orleans, Atlanta, Charleston, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, St. Louis, Kansas City, Detroit, Minneapolis, Madison, Nashville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Detroit. Public officials who took part included Governor Terry McAuliffe, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Rick Snyder, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Mark Warner, Mayor Kasim Reed, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, among many others.

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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