Celebrating Entrepreneurship Across America

We believe in the power of entrepreneurship to change the world. Our mission is to catalyze entrepreneurship and empower the communities from coast to coast that are keeping the American Dream alive for future generations.

In 2014, we launched the Rise of the Rest Road Tour with two bus tours to nine American cities including Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Nashville Madison, Minneapolis, Des Moines, St. Louis and Kansas City. We met with hundreds of founders, CEOs, investors and civic leaders; heard dozens of pitches and invested $1 million to foster emerging startup ecosystems in America's heartland.

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:

Madison: SOLOMO Technology
Minneapolis: 75F
Des Moines: Bawte
Kansas City: Leap.it
St. Louis: Synek Systems
Detroit: SocialProof
Pittsburgh: SolePower LLC
Cincinnati: Frameri
Nashville: Checkd.in & Artiphon

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




Des Moines

Kansas City

St. Louis

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