Announcing the Fifth “Rise of the Rest” bus tour: The Great American West

We’re excited to support the announcement of the fifth Rise of the Rest (ROTR) bus tour with Steve Case, which Village Capital will be supporting and joining for the fifth year in a row.

Rise of the Rest is a nationwide effort to work closely with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. It signals the beginning of a new era for entrepreneurship across the U.S., described in Steve Case’s book The Third Wave — an era when high-growth companies can start and scale anywhere, not just in a few coastal cities.

This most recent iteration of the ROTR tour will travel more than 2,100 miles through the Western United States from October 3 to October 7, in the following cities:

  • October 3rd: Omaha/Lincoln, Nebraska
  • October 4th: Denver, Colorado
  • October 5th: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • October 6th: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • October 7th: Phoenix, Arizona

During the tour, Steve Case will invest a total of $500,000 in regional startups and host a series of events and fireside chats showcasing the emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems in each city.

Applications for the pitch competition will open on July 28 and close September 7, 2016 (6:00 p.m. EDT), and startups from all five cities are eligible to apply. The winner of the pitch competition in each region will receive a $100,000 investment from Case. Apply here!

Village Capital has collectively logged 60+ days with past Rise of the Rest tours, visiting all 19 cities that have hosted the Rise of the Rest team. Over the past 5 years Village Capital has made 67 investments in Rise of the Rest markets, and is on track to make and facilitate the commitment of more than 60 investments in these communities over the next year.

Additional partners on Rise of the Rest include RevolutionGoogle for EntrepreneursSalesforce for Startups, Economic Innovation Group, Inc., Engine, and Tech.Co.