Rise of the Rest is Coming to Atlanta

April 30, 2015

In cities and towns across America, startup communities are gaining momentum and rising up as entrepreneurs find it easier to start a business, innovate, and create jobs. We want to celebrate and accelerate this "Rise of the Rest" so the next wave of American entrepreneurship brings growth and prosperity all over the country. Rise of the Rest is a five-city tour that celebrates progress, invests in local startups and travels across the country to tell the stories of the people and companies that are working together to change the world. Next stop? Atlanta, GA.Steve Case, founder of AOL and chair and CEO of Revolution, is leading the charge and coming to Atlanta on Thursday, May 7th. The day encompasses a tour of local startups, meetings with civic leaders, and culminates in a fireside chat and pitch competition where one local startup will receive $100k investment from Steve Case, followed by a blowout party – all at Opera Nightclub in Midtown.This event is a community effort supported by all corners of the business and civic communities in Atlanta! It’s a great opportunity to meet and greet folks you’ve only ever talked to on Twitter, or those who you’ve been meaning to meet to and haven’t – go ahead, reach out, and plan to meet up at the Rise of the Rest!

RSVP- Fireside Chat Interview with Steve Case

During the Rise of the Rest visit to Atlanta, Steve Case will be interviewed in a Fireside Chat, where he will be discussing the city's startup economy. Come listen to Steve talk about the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs, the Rise of the Rest concept, and how this is the best moment in recent history to start and scale a business in Atlanta.

RSVP- Pitch Competition for $100k

Guest judges include:Steve Case (Revolution), Bridgette Beam (Google), David Cummings (Pardot and Atlanta Tech Village), Paul Judge (Pindrop Security and Monsieur), and David Hall (Revolution Ventures)Pitching companies:Partpic – visual search technology for replacement partsGroundfloor – lending club for real estateCooleaf - employee engagement software for top workplacesLocalRoots - mobile marketplace for local farms to sell direct to consumerseCredable - leverages alternative credit to connect "no credit" consumers to creditorsZyrobotics - provide personalized technology that makes the world accessible to everyoneReveal Estate – Turbo Tax-like platform that empowers home buyers and saves them moneyThe Village Microfund - helps develop the economic landscape of low-income communities in the US.

RSVP- Happy Hour Party

After a great day, Steve Case and the ROTR crew will be hosting a networking party for entrepreneurs, investors, and all other members of the Atlanta entrepreneurial ecosystem. Join us to celebrate all the amazing progress in Atlanta, meet the people making it happen, and enjoy a few drinks with new friends!

April 30, 2015
Karen Houghton