Applications to pitch a startup at Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Road Trip with Steve Case are open now until Feb. 24. The Rise of the Rest Road Trip will visit Wichita April 20 and award a $100,000 investment to an early stage startup based in Kansas.
Revolution recently announced that its next five-day Rise of the Rest Road Trip will return to America’s Heartland the week of April 20 to highlight startup successes in Wichita; Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla; Northwest Arkansas; and St. Louis, Mo.
During each stop on the Rise of the Rest Road Trip, the team meets with and visits entrepreneurs, local business and government leaders, and ecosystem builders. The Road Trip also hosts daily fireside discussions and a startup pitch competition in which $500,000 is invested from the Rise of the Rest Seed Fund ($100,000 will be invested in a local startup at each stop).
The tour will focus on how Heartland cities are attracting talent – and how legacy corporations like Koch Industries (Wichita) and Walmart (Bentonville, Ark.) and philanthropic anchors like the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation (Tulsa) – are working with local startup ecosystems to create appealing environments with a lower cost of living and other lifestyle benefits.
“As I have often referenced, my entrepreneurial roots are tied to the Heartland – and to Wichita specifically – where I worked early in my career as the Head of New Pizza Development at Pizza Hut,” said Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution. “These regions have deep legacies of storied entrepreneurial successes. Through the tour, we want to help catalyze additional momentum to help the next generation of entrepreneurs in places like Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri, and with our recently announced second seed fund, invest in their future progress.”
Started in 2014, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest is a nationwide effort to invest in and work closely with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. Steve Case and the Revolution team have logged more than 11,500 miles touring entrepreneurial communities by bus in 43 cities.
All innovative startups are encouraged to apply at www.revolution.com/apply. Startups with product/services that are live or in beta form and have measurable performance indicators such as revenue, customers, successful beta results, etc. are eligible.