This morning, it was announced that Steve Case has planned for a second Rise of the Rest Road Trip to highlight startup ecosystems located right in the heart of the United States. This second tour will take Case through five Midwest cities: Madison, Wisconsin; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; and St. Louis, Missouri. The trip will be a follow-up to his first tour, when Case visited 72 startups across Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Nashville, and invested $100,000 in four companies.
“Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of our economy. Now more than ever, I believe that our nation’s prosperity is contingent on having a robust and diverse startup economy that encompasses all regions of the country,” said Case in a statement. “Based on the resounding success of our first bus tour nearly 10 weeks ago, I am eager to hit the road once again and pleased to be joined by partners that share our vision for a resurgence of entrepreneurship across America.”
This second Rise of the Rest Road Tour will launch in Madison on October 6th, make its way through Minneapolis, Des Moines, and Kansas City, and then finally end at St. Louis on October 10th. Similar to the first tour, Case will tour these startup hubs (spotlighting various growth companies, accelerators, and incubators) and will host pitch competitions where he selects one startup in each city in which to invest $100,000. Throughout the tour, several renowned entrepreneurs and civic leaders will pop in to join him in highlighting these other startup hubs.
The second Rise of the Rest Road Trip is produced by a coalition that includes Case’s Revolution, UP Global, Google for Entrepreneurs, Engine Advocacy, Startup Grind, and Seed Here Studio. Throughout the tour, The Atlantic plans to host and simulcast a fireside chat series exploring the state of entrepreneurship in America, featuring Case and others; the series will be hosted by The Atlantic‘s Washington editor-at-large, Steve Clemons.