Rise of the Rest, a national startup tour launched by America Online co-founder Steve Case and his organization, Revolution, will stop in downtown Phoenix on Friday, October 7. The event will take place at The Duce and will bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and government and business leaders for discussions, a pitch competition and networking.

Rise of the Rest

Out of 80 nominated cities, Phoenix was chosen along with Omaha/Lincoln, Denver, Salt Lake City/Provo and Albuquerque. All are considered cities that are “leading the charge in the new era of technological revitalization.”

“This opportunity is the result of our hard work and a groundswell of support from our local entrepreneurs,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “The Rise of the Rest tour coming to Phoenix is a true testament to the progress of our ecosystem, and I’m confident Steve and his team will be excited to see the incredible talent and potential we have in our community.”

The event is free, but space is limited, so be sure to RSVP here.

Lineup of events:

3:00 p.m.
Fireside Chat with Steve Case and ASU President Michael Crow
Steve Case and Michael Crow will discuss the city’s startup economy, the challenges and opportunities that come with being an entrepreneur and why this is the perfect time to start a business in Arizona.

4:00 p.m.
Startup Pitch Competition
Eight Phoenix-area startups will pitch Steve Case and an all-star panel of judges for a $100,000 investment prize.

6:00 p.m.
Happy Hour with Steve Case
Join Steve Case, the Rise of the Rest crew and members of the Phoenix entrepreneurial ecosystem for drinks and networking.

If You Go
What: Rise of the Rest Startup Tour
Where: The Duce, 525 S. Central Ave.
When: Friday, October 7 from 3 – 8 p.m.
Admission is free, RSVP for event here
Visit the Rise of the Rest website for further details.