Ends on August 15, 2017
Applications are now live for Rise of the Rest 6.0 Tour!

Create an account to get started. You will be able to save and come back to the application with your login.

Your startup is eligible to apply if headquartered within a 75 mile radius of the tour stop city.

The pitch competitions will occur in each tour-stop city on the following dates:
  • October 10 | Harrisburg – Lancaster –York, PA
  • October 11 | Ann Arbor, MI
  • October 12 | Indianapolis, IN
  • October 13 | Columbus, OH
  • October 17 | Green Bay, WI

Other eligibility requirements. You must:

  • Have a live product/service or be in active beta.
  • Have measurable performance indicators such as revenue, customers, successful beta results.
  • Currently be raising  - or have near-term plans to raise - an early stage round.
  • Be headquartered in the region of the city where you are applying to pitch.

We encourage startups in all industries to apply. Past finalists have included (but not limited to) startups focused on: GovTech, FoodTech, SportsTech, AgTech, AI, IoT, Energy, SaaS/B2B Marketing and more.

Companies will be judged on:

  • Bold Idea: Does the idea "swing for the fences" and have the potential to disrupt a big industry, affect your community, or even change the world?
  • Jobs: Will the idea, if it scales, employ a large number of people?
  • Team: Does the team have the skills and leadership to move forward on this idea?
  • Execution: Is there strong customer growth or revenue?
  • Business Model: Has a revenue model been defined and is it realistic and sustainable?
  • Supporting Documents: The quality of your application responses and other supporting materials such as pitch deck, company website, product demo, video introduction. 

Companies must submit a completed application no later than 5:00 PM EST Tuesday, August 15, 2017, to be considered.  Finalists will be notified by September 15, 2017. 

For more information about startup eligibility and the pitch competition, check out our FAQ.