8 Columbus Startups Competing in the Rise of the Rest Startup Bus Tour

There’s nothing better than a little startup competition to make you appreciate your ecosystem. It motivates founders, spurs innovation, and injects some much-needed capital into any city looking to make technology a priority. And if you’re looking for a countrywide competition that is doing all of this and more, look no further than the Rise of the Rest Startup Bus tour.

Led by former CEO of AOL, Steve Case, the Rise of the Rest is a startup bus tour that visits smaller ecosystems to help make launching a business a little bit easier. The tour will visit five cities in five days and Steve Case personally invests a total of $500,000 in local startups.

At each stop, there are fireside chats and networking happy hours, as well as a pitch competition where Steve Case decided which startup will be going home with a $100,000 investment. And the companies competing this year are a force to be reckoned with.

In order to give startups a better idea of how to pitch him, Steve Case created this video with important tips:


In the sixth rendition of the Rise of the Rest tour, Steve Case, along with JD Vance, will stop in Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York, Pennsylvania, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Indianapolis, Indiana, Columbus, Ohio, and Green Bay, Wisconsin. TechCo’s own Frank Gruber will be joining the tour at various stops, so if you’re interested in attending the festivities from October 10th to October 17th, make sure to RSVP here.

Now, meet the eight startups competing during the Rise of the Rest competition in Columbus and get ready for a week of innovative thinking and entrepreneurial excitement!

Solutions Vending International (SVI)

SVI is an automated retail technology company providing software solutions for intelligent vending. Simply put, they make vending machines smart.


This company pioneers the use of Artificial Intelligence for over the top (OTT) video delivery, offering a platform for mobile content delivery, wireless technology solutions, and mobile applications.


SafeChain eliminates fraud and inefficiency in real estate transactions using blockchain. The progression of the product will ultimately end with a peer to peer marketplace for real estate.

Nikola Labs

Nikola Labs creates wireless power solutions for the Internet of Things, by converting ambient RF signals – like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE – into usable DC power ideal for sensors and devices.


Auditgraph provides a technology-enabled service that fully manages the labelling compliance workflow in the pharmaceutical industry.


SHARE is seeking to improve the higher education experience. Their organization is designed for education and environmental sustainability.​ They obtain electronic waste, properly dispose of it, get funds from the valuable recyclables, and turn it into scholarship opportunities.

Liberty Mobility Now

Liberty aggregates transportation options and transportation customers for rural communities and the healthcare industry, connecting those in need with those who provide services.


MentorcliQ software (SaaS) helps companies connect every employee with a great mentor to engage, develop, and retain their top talent.


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