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What do Dallas, Memphis, Chattanooga and Louisville have in common with Birmingham? All are stops on the Rise of the Rest bus tour. This May startup businesses in Birmingham will have a chance to pitch their dreams for (and maybe win) seed funding when Rise of the Rest comes to the Magic City.
The bus stops here!
Steve Case, the co-founder of AOL and a champion of growing innovation ecosystems across the country, is leading this initiative. He is looking for startups in Birmingham to fund.
Birmingham is the third stop on the ROTR Bus Tour
This bus tour has logged some miles! Since 2014, Rise of the Rest has clocked 8,000 miles, visiting 33 cities looking for the best startups at each stop. When ROTR arrives in Birmingham they will host a pitch competition, and the winner might take home a $100,000 investment from the seed fund.
The deadline to enter is coming up soon…March 20. Click here to see eligibility requirements and to apply. This will be the fourth time that the ROTR bus tour has stopped in Birmingham.
Get your pitch ready for Rise of the Rest
A start-up in each city the tour stops has a chance at $100,000. Eight to ten finalist will be selected. Google for Entrepreneurs will have coaches available to help the startup contenders sharpen their pitches. The competition and pitch sessions are free and open to the public, but space is limited.
Birmingham’s new mayor, Randall Woodfin is excited about this program making its way to The Magic City. Woodfin believes programs like these are a perfect way to grow Birmingham’s innovation ecosystem. By 2020 Woodfin envisions Birmingham being a major US hub for startups, regardless of the education level or age of the entrepreneur.
On Wednesday May 9, from 4:30-8:30 PM, ROTR will start with a fireside chat at 4:30, then the pitch competition at 5:30, then an ending to the evening with a community celebration.
So get your business plan sharpened, do some research and get the application completed and submitted by March 20, 2018.