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St. Louis’ spot in startup culture to be highlighted this week

ST. LOUIS – The Midwest’s growing reputation for startup business appeal will be highlighted this week during a bus tour of several cities that will involve a series of $100,000 prizes.

Investment-support operations are participating in a five-day bus tour that begins today in Madison, Wis., and concludes Friday in St. Louis. Participating are Revolution, UP Global, Google for Entrepreneurs, Engine Advocacy and Startup Grind, as part of the second Rise of the Rest Road Tour.

The tour, spearheaded by investor and entrepreneur Steve Case, kicked off today and will visit five Midwest cities: Madison, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Kansas City and St. Louis. The goal is to catalyze entrepreneurship and celebrate its progress by recognizing the critical role that startups play in growing our economy and driving innovation.

As part of the Rise of the Rest Tour, The Atlantic will host and simulcast a conversation series led by Washington Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons, exploring the state of entrepreneurship in America today and its impact on our broader economic outlook.

“Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of our economy. Now more than ever, I believe that our nation’s prosperity is contingent on having a robust and diverse startup economy that encompasses all regions of the country,” said Case in preparation for the trip. “Based on the resounding success of our first bus tour nearly 10 weeks ago, I am eager to hit the road once again and pleased to be joined by partners that share our vision for a resurgence of entrepreneurship across America.”

Along the way, Case will be joined by nationally-renowned entrepreneurs and civic leaders to shine a spotlight on the emergence of thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems and the companies leading the charge. He will also personally invest in each city’s startup community by hosting a series of pitch competitions in which one winner in each city will earn a $100,000 investment in their company.

The Rise of the Rest Road Tour started today in Madison and will travel to Minneapolis on Oct. 7, Des Moines on Oct. 8, Kansas City on Oct. 9 and conclude in St. Louis this Friday. The partners organizing the tour include Revolution, the Washington D.C.-based venture capital firm co-founded by Case, UP Global, Google for Entrepreneurs, Engine, Startup Grind and Seed Here Studio. Within each city, premier startup hubs including gener8tor in Madison, CoCo in Minneapolis, Gravitate in Des Moines, KC Startup Village in Kansas City and T-Rex in St. Louis will anchor each day’s events.

Each stop along the route will feature:

· A startup tour, visits to promising growth companies, accelerators and incubators

· Fireside chats moderated by The Atlantic’s Washington Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons, featuring Steve Case and other entrepreneurial luminaries

· Local startups pitching a panel of all-star judges, with a $100,000 investment from Steve Case at stake

· Celebration and networking for local entrepreneurs

More information on the Rise of the Rest Road Tour, including times and locations for specific events in each city, is available at www.riseoftherest.com and by following #riseofrest on Twitter and Instagram.

About Revolution

A Washington, D.C.-based investment firm founded by Steve Case in 2005, Revolution’s mission is to build innovative companies that offer consumers more choice, convenience, and control in their lives. For more information, visit: www.revolution.com or on Twitter @revolution.

About Google for Entrepreneurs

Google for Entrepreneurs provides financial support and the best of Google’s resources to dozens of coworking spaces and community programs across 125 countries. It also create campuses: physical hubs where entrepreneurs can learn, connect, and build companies that will change the world. To learn more about Google for Entrepreneurs, visit google.com/entrepreneurs or follow us on G+ (+GoogleForEntrepreneurs) and Twitter (@GoogleForEntrep).

About The Atlantic

Since its founding in 1857 as a magazine, The Atlantic has evolved across print, digital and event platforms. It also has the news- and opinion-tracking site, TheWire.com, and CityLab.com on global cities.

About UP Global

UP Global, the umbrella organization for Startup Weekend, Startup Next, Startup Digest, and Startup Education currently fosters entrepreneurship in 600 cities across the world, serving over 150,000 innovators. For more information, visit up.co or follow us on Twitter @UPGlobalHQ.

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