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Rise Of The Rest $100K Pitch Competition


“Revolution’s “Rise of the Rest” with Steve Case is a nationwide effort to work closely with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. Our view is that this is the beginning of a new era for entrepreneurship across the U.S. — high-growth companies can now start and scale anywhere, not just in a few coastal cities.

The effort has been praised by President Obama, leading Republicans, and business leaders across the country.” – www.riseofrest.com

❖ When is the deadline to apply?
➢ September 7th 11:59pm EST

❖ How do I know if my startup qualifies to apply?
You should apply if:
● Your product/service is live or in beta form
● You have measurable performance indicators such as revenue, customers,  successful beta results
● You have raised no more than $3 million in outside funding
● Your company is based in the state where the pitch competition is being held

❖ 2. How long will it take to apply?
➢ The application should only take 20-­30 minutes to complete
❖ What is the review process?
A team of Revolution investment professionals and Rise of the Rest tour partners review
all applications. Companies are judged on:
Does the idea “swing for the fences” and have the potential to disrupt a big industry,
affect your community, or even change the world?
Will the idea, if it scales, employ a large number of people?
Does the team have the skills and leadership to move forward on this idea?
Is there strong customer growth or revenue?
Has a revenue model been defined and is it realistic and sustainable?
Is this idea building on the core strengths (and unique differentiators) of the region ­ and,
if selected, will this startup potentially excite national investors and media to pay more
attention to what’s happening in the region?
❖ If I am not selected as a finalist, can I still participate in the event?
➢ Yes! The pitch and open bar party afterwards are free. Space is limited. We
encourage you to RSVP and APPLY at the same time. To RSVP visit:
❖ What are the terms of the investment?
➢ If the winning company currently has an open round of funding (or a
recently ­closed round that can be re­opened) Steve will participate in the round at
the terms already designated.
➢ If the company is not currently fundraising outside of the competition, Steve Case
will invest via a convertible note with the following terms: 18 month maturity; 6%
simple interest; 20% discount to the next priced round.
❖ When will finalists be notified?
➢ At least 2 weeks prior to the pitch event.
❖ If I am selected as a finalist, what happens next?
➢ You will be required to confirm that you are available to pitch within 24 hours of
being notified.
➢ You will receive pitch coaching from a member of the Rise of the Rest team or
from one of the tour’s local partners in your city.
➢ Your company will be included in press materials related to the event.
❖ What types of companies have won in the past?
50% of past Rise of the Rest winners have had female and/or minority founders.

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