Taking the Tour Down South


Engine is thrilled to be participating in Revolution’s third Rise of the Rest Tour along with the teams from UpGlobal and Google for Entrepreneurs. Rise of the Rest is a road show to highlight and support entrepreneurship across America. The cities lined up for this May’s trip include Richmond, Raleigh-Durham, Charleston, Atlanta, and New Orleans. In addition to convening civic leaders, local entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators, the visit to each city includes a pitch competition among local startups. The winning company will receive $100,000 in funding from Revolution Ventures to launch or grow its business.

As Revolution’s Steve Case put it, these are “some of America’s oldest cities where entrepreneurs are creating some of the newest businesses, innovations, and jobs.” The Engine team on board the bus will be especially interested in learning how each city is uniquely fostering entrepreneurship and supporting the growth of innovation and technology jobs. During the past two tours we've seen that regions take different approaches to expanding their entrepreneurial ecosystems - whether building on the success of incumbent industries, benefiting from supportive local government policies, or tapping into the talent pool of nearby universities. The stories from America's Southeast will be sure to offer new perspectives important to our national policymakers on issues from connectivity to capital access.

We’ll be in Richmond, Virginia on May 4th; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina on May 5th; Charleston, South Carolina on May 6th; Atlanta, Georgia on May 7th; and New Orleans, Louisiana on May 8th. If you're an entrepreneur, a community organization, or government leader and want to make sure we visit your startup or hear your story along the way, please visit the Rise of the Rest site or reach out to anna@engine.is.