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Oct. 9: Rise of the Rest Road Trip with Steve Case

Rise of the Rest Road Trip with Steve Case Comes to Big Kansas City on Oct. 9

Oct. 9: Rise of the Rest Road Trip with Steve Case

The Rise of the Rest Road Trip is making its way around the Midwest this October, and this time, it’s coming to Kansas City on Oct. 9.  (With $100K investment for a KC startup.)

Presented by entrepreneurial power players Revolution, UP Global, Google for Entrepreneurs, the road trip will tour five cities: Madison, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Kansas City and St. Louis. Spearheaded by investor and entrepreneur Steve Case, the tour celebrates entrepreneurship and vibrant startup communities that are gaining momentum across America.

(As you well know, Kansas City is a no-brainer stop and definitely an entrepreneurial city to watch.)

Here’s what’s happening—and how you can get involved.

$100K Pitch Competition
4 p.m., Airline History Museum

The road trip isn’t just all talk. Watch the KC's best startups compete to earn a $100,000 investment from Steve Case.
Apply to Pitch

Fireside Chat
2:30 p.m. at the Airline History Museum

Presented by Big Kansas City, this chat with Steve Case, The Atlantic’s Washington Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons and other innovators will explore the state of entrepreneurship in America today and its impact on our broader economic outlook.


(In local news: Download entrepreneurial city report for the state of entrepreneurship in Kansas City.)

Rise KC
5:30 p.m., Airline History Museum

Get your network face on. Join the startup celebration and happy hour, presented by Revolution.


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