We’re getting ready to hit the road again from September 28th through October 2nd for our fourth Rise of the Rest bus tour with Steve Case.
This next 500-mile tour will pass through Baltimore (MD), Philadelphia (PA), Buffalo (NY), Manchester (NH) and Portland (ME). Along the way Steve will personally invest $500,000 in local startups and shine a spotlight on the emerging startup economies of each city.
We’ve partnered with Google for Entrepreneurs and Salesforce for Startups to present this latest tour, an effort to showcase and invest in entrepreneurs across the U.S. To date, $1.5 million has been invested in startup businesses across 14 cities including Detroit, Charleston, Pittsburgh, and New Orleans through the Rise of the Rest initiative.
Today, we are excited to announce the finalists for the local pitch competitions in each city and share a sneak peak of what’s in store. Startups will pitch their companies in front of an all-star slate of judges including Steve, Ben Jealous in Baltimore, Stephen A. Smith in Philadelphia, Thurman Thomas in Buffalo and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in Portland.