Rise of the Rest Tour Coming to Columbus

Revolution’s RISE OF THE REST® with Steve Case is a nationwide effort to work closely with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. The VC fund and it’s leader (who founded AOL) embark on a bus tour every year to visit cities in “flyover states” and invest $100,000 in local startups, listen to innovators, learn from local leaders, and host a party to celebrate with the local community.

Columbus will be a part of Revolution’s 6th Rise of the Rest bus tour on October 13th. There will be three public events as part of the event and registration is now open for all three!

FIRESIDE CHAT 3-4PM

Join Steve Case and J.D. Vance for a Fireside Chat interview where they will be discussing the city’s startup economy

PITCH COMPETITION 4-6PM

During the Rise of the Rest Pitch Competition, 8 of the most innovative startup companies in Ohio will be given the opportunity to pitch Steve Case and a panel of all-star judges. Steve Case will personally invest $100K in the winning startup.

Startups located within a 75 mile radius of Columbus are encouraged to apply to pitch by August 15th!

HAPPY HOUR 6-730PM

After a great day, Steve Case and the ROTR crew will be hosting a networking party for entrepreneurs, investors, and all other members of the Columbus entrepreneurial ecosystem. Join us to celebrate all the amazing progress in Ohio, meet the people making it happen, and enjoy a few drinks with new friends! Those attending the Pitch Competition will have first priority into the Happy Hour, which has limited space, so be sure and register for the Pitch Competition as well!


The Dayton Tech Guide team heard from Steve Case at the Kauffman Foundations ESHIPsummit a few weeks ago and highly recommends a visit to Columbus to hear his Fireside Chat.

To read up more on Steve, J.D. Vance, and Rise of the Rest check out these sources:

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