Rise of the Rest Pitch Competition
Rise of the Rest Pitch Competition
Funds $100k per team
Funds 5 startups per year
  • Start-ups

Pitch your startup to Steve Case and all-star judges to win $100K

**The Rise of the Rest Road Tour is coming to 5 cities this fall:**

• Madison, WI – October, 6
• Minneapolis, MN – October 7
• Des Moines, IA – October 8
• Kansas City, MO – October 9
• St. Louis, MO – October 10

**The winners of each city's one-day pitch competition (5 in total) will each receive a $100,000 investment from Steve Case.**

Only companies that already have teams, product in market and customers/revenues should apply. Qualifying companies must be headquartered a reasonable driving distance away from the cities we are visiting… no fly in’s please.

**Companies will be judged according to the following criteria:**

• *Bold Idea:* Does the idea "swing for the fences" and have the potential to change the world - and, if successful, perhaps become a billion-dollar business?
• *Jobs:* Will the idea, if it scales, employ a large number of people?
• *Team:* Does the team have the skills and leadership to move forward on this idea?
• *Execution:* Is there strong customer growth or revenue?
• *Business Model:* Has a revenue model been defined and is it realistic and sustainable?
• *Local:* Is this idea building on the core strengths (and unique differentiators) of the region - and, if selected, will this startup potentially excite national investors and media to pay more attention to what's happening in the region?

You can apply to pitch at one city only. If you don’t have a team, product, revenue or funding please don’t apply using the form below. But please do come to one of the events in a city near you.

In order to qualify to pitch in the contest, you will need to fill out and submit an application.

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