AOL Inc. co-founder and Revolution LLC CEO Steve Case is bringing his “Rise of the Rest” bus tour, where he will invest $100,000 at each stop to startups that fall outside of traditional entrepreneurial centers, to Titletown this fall.
Case announced Monday that his upcoming tour will touch down in the Pennsylvania towns of Harrisburg, Lancaster and York all on Oct. 10, then head to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Oct. 11; Indianapolis on Oct. 12; Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 13; and finish up in Green Bay on Oct. 17.
At each tour stop, Case will hold a pitch competition and choose one startup to receive a $100,000 investment. It’s been part of Case’s campaign to identify needs and promote growth for the startup industry outside of its traditional, largely urban pockets. Since his first “Rise of the Rest” tour, Case has made stops in 26 cities and invested $4 million in local startups.
In his only other stop in Wisconsin, he visited Madison in 2014, when Madison’s Solomo Technology, a maker of indoor location software and technology largely for retailers, won the investment.
J.D. Vance, the best-selling author of “Hillbilly Elegy” who joined Revolution as a partner in March, will also be making the trip with Case. Partners joining Revolution on the tour include Google for Entrepreneurs, Salesforce for Startups, Village Capital, Startup Grind, Tech.co, The Economic Innovation Group, Engine, Startup Champion’s Network and Verge.
Revolution LLC is a venture capital firm founded by Case, who is co-founder and former chief executive officer of AOL.