“Rise of the Rest was a blessing from start to finish. The fact that they chose Birmingham and we chose Birmingham was the perfect collision of divine timing. We put hard work into building this business but so much of this is hustle, luck and timing and this was a perfect storm of all three.”-Ashlee Ammons, Co-Founder of Mixtroz
The DL on Rise of the Rest
On Wednesday eight local startups gathered at Sloss Furnaces to pitch to Steve Case for a chance to win $100K.
In case you didn’t remember, Steve founded a little company called AOL back in the day. Side note-I may or may not still actively use my AOL email proudly.
Now he organizes the Rise of the Rest Tour, where he travels to America’s growing startup meccas to invest in companies who win a pitch competition.
The fact that Birmingham was chosen for this tour is HUGE and gives credit to the amazing entrepreneurial community growing here.
Steve had a lot of good things to say about Birmingham’s startup community. Read all about it here.
To jog your memory, Mixtroz has had a lot going on recently. From participating in Innovation Depot’s Velocity Accelerator program to debuting on Rooster & Butch, winning Rise of the Rest was the icing on the cake of their past few months.
A combination of ‘mixer’ and ‘introduction’, Mixtroz is an event app that takes the awkwardness out of networking and makes it more profitable for you and the event planner.
That means no more pretending you’re looking at important messages to pass the time at your next networking event (praise).
Targeted questions connect attendees with people in similar industries or interests and catalogs their information for the event organizer to learn more about their customer. We’d call that a win win.
Although they’re originally from Nashville, Mixtroz might be making plans to stay in Birmingham in the future.
“We love everything about Birmingham: the city, the Depot but most importantly the people. We are hoping to close a round of funding here and then we’ll see what happens, the city has been so good to us.”
-Ashlee Ammons, Co-Founder of Mixtroz