Rise of the Rest Road Trip with Steve Case

Pittsburgh entrepreneurs will take the national spotlight when Steve Case pulls into town on June 25th with his “Rise of the Rest Tour.” The schedule of local events is beginning to take shape.

The former CEO of AOL is making a case, so to speak, for the entrepreneurial ingenuity of Americans with a four-city tour that includes our own city as well as Detroit, Cincinnati and Nashville.

Case is currently chairman and CEO of Revolution, an investment firm that has backed the likes of Zipcar, LivingSocial and AddThis. Sponsors of the tour include UP Global, Google for Entrepreneurs, Engine and Seed Here Studio.

“It’s important to remember that America itself was once a startup, and became the greatest economy in the world thanks to the efforts of entrepreneurs who built not just companies, but entire industries in the heart of the country,” said Case in a statement issued by his Washington, D.C.-based investment firm.

The point is not to just celebrate entrepreneurship, but advance it, Case adds.

He intends to do that. In Pittsburgh, Case will hold a fireside-style chat at AlphaLab Gear in East Liberty on Wednesday afternoon, June 25, at 2:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

The pitch competition will be held shortly thereafter. Pittsburgh startups are encouraged to apply to pitch before the June 15th deadline. The winners in each city will earn a $100,000 investment from Steve Case.

That evening Google Pittsburgh is sponsoring a happy hour at Thrill Mill in East Liberty.

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Deb Smit

Deb is an award-winning journalist who loves ancient places and cool technologies. A former daily newspaper reporter and Time-Life Books editor, she writes mostly about Pittsburgh. Her stories have appeared...