Steve Case is visiting PA as part of his “Rise of the Rest” tour - As part that October 10th visit, there will be a pitch competition where eight finalists will be chosen to compete for a $100K investment from Steve Case personally.
July 27, 2017
Dear Central PA Partners,
I am reaching out because I didn’t want you to miss out on an exciting
investment opportunity for your Centre County/State College area startups!
You may have heard that Steve Case (AOL/Time Warner – Revolution
Ventures – “The Third Wave”’) is visiting York/Lancaster/Harrisburg on October
10th as part of his “Rise of
the Rest” tour which is an effort to showcase exciting startups outside of Silicon
Valley and drive more venture capital to them. You can find more info here: https://www.riseofrest.com/
As part that October 10th visit, there will be a pitch
competition where eight finalists will be chosen to compete for a $100K
investment from Steve Case personally. In addition to the chance for investment, both
winners and finalists from previous visits have enjoyed media exposure as a
result of their participation. Here is
an example of national coverage already underway: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/06/26/jd-vance-steve-case-want-heartlands-start-up-pitches/103105054/
While the application tab on the Rise of the Rest website notes your
startups must be “headquartered within a 75 mile radius of the tour stop city”,
we have confirmed with the Rise of the Rest staff that they welcome and
encourage applicants from the Centre County/State College area! We are Central PA! Other eligibility requirements are:
- 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.
due by 5:00 P.M. on August 15th. You can apply here: https://riseoftherest.submittable.com/submit
We encourage you to apply, and if you have any questions or concerns,
you can contact John Sider at Ben Franklin Technology Partners for more
information at 717-948-6547 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow along on twitter at @riseofrest,
#CentralPArises and #RiseofRest!
Director of Second Stage Capital
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA
1010 North 7th St. Suite 304
Harrisburg, PA 17102