Announcing the Rise of the Rest Road Tour with Steve Case

Are you ready to pitch your startup to Steve Case? Now is your chance if you live near one of four cities in the heart of the U.S.

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We are thrilled to join Revolution for the “Rise of the Rest” Road Tour featuring iconic investor and entrepreneur Steve Case. The bus tour, which kicks off on June 24 in Detroit, will travel through the heart of the country spotlighting emerging startup communities and the entrepreneurs behind them. Tour stops include: Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Nashville.

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The tour will feature local startups, fireside chats with Steve Case and entrepreneurial luminaries, happy hours led by Google for Entrepreneurs, and high-stakes pitch competitions.

Startups in each city can apply here for the opportunity to pitch all-star judges. One winner in each city will be awarded a $100,000 investment from Steve Case. If you think your startup is ready to go to the next level, apply today.

Learn more about the road tour, including times and locations for specific events in each city at and follow  #RiseOfRest on Twitter and Instagram.

Meet The Man Who Put The Internet In 30 Million Homes

Steve Case is best known for founding AOL, you know, the little company that put Americans online in the 90’s. The scratchy dialup tone, which seemed to take forever, connected all of us through the magical powers of the ‘internet’. Ohhh, ahhhh.

Here’s your chance to meet him, in the flesh, and ask all those burning questions like…what was your original AIM screen name? Steve Case is offering up his time to treat one lucky winner to a mentor lunch! You can enter to win HERE.

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Obviously, you are going to win. So to better prepare you, here are 5 things you didn’t know about Steve Case.

BRIEF INTRO: Case’s revolutionary approach to internet access put him on the map, and even though he retired as chairman of AOL Time Warner in 2003, he has gone on to build a variety of new businesses through his investment company Revolution and The Case Foundation. He now serves on the board of UP Global helping to empower entrepreneurs and their communities around the world.



In 1982, Case joined Pizza Hut Inc. in Wichita, Kansas, serving as manager of new pizza marketing. He tested out different pizza combinations only to discover the most people prefer just – cheese and sauce. Seems like a no brainer.

Maybe try impressing him with your cultured taste in pizza. NO PINEAPPLE. NO RANCH DIPPING SAUCE.


The three key things Case looks for when investing in a company are (have these ready…)

  • “The idea. I have to fall in love with the idea, and believe it is a big idea that can change the world.”
  • “The people. I have to believe in the entrepreneur and in the team that is coming together around the idea.”
  • “The business model. I have to understand the plan to take the idea and turn it into a big sustainable business.”


Case can eat 3-4 tacos in one sitting (which really isn’t that impressive so I suggest you challenge him to a taco eating contest…you will win)


Case began his entrepreneurial career at age 6, when he and his older brother set up a juice stand, selling lime juice for 2¢ a cup. Not long after, he and his brother established Case Enterprises, which sold seeds and greeting cards through the mail and with door-to-door sales.


Case is actually a really nice guy who forgives people even though they hacked into AOL and pretended to be him.

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Take these talking points with you to ensure you have the best mentoring lunch ever! Hurry, enter to win now. 


Are you ready to Pitch? These expert judges will give feedback at Startup Oasis.

This weekend, the UP Global team will be in Austin, TX at Startup Oasis! Along with celebrating the launches of some exciting companies, providing awesome mentors for Office Hours, and throwing a few can’t-miss parties, lunches, and happy hours… we’ll be hosting two pitch competitions on Friday and Sunday.

We’re excited to announce the pitch competition’s judges – thanks to our friends and pitch partners at Bigcommerce and NASDAQ!

If you’re headed to Austin this weekend, make sure not to miss Startup Oasis!

Friday’s Judges (click photo for full profile):

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Sunday’s Judges (click photo for full profile): 

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Renowned Entrepreneurs & Investors Steve Case and Esther Dyson Speaking at 2013 mHealth Summit

Innovation and entrepreneurship will take center stage this December at the 2013 mHealth Summit, the largest global conference and expo focused on the intersection of mobile/wireless and healthcare delivery. Here’s a list of some of the must-attend activities for venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and startups at this year’s mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C.

  1. AOL Co-Founder Steve Case and leading angel investor Esther Dyson will engage in a dynamic fireside chat moderated by Steven Krein, CEO and Co-Founder of StartUp Health. This dynamic exchange will explore how this new age of entrepreneurship is creating an innovation landscape for entrepreneurs and investors never before seen in healthcare.
  2. Venture+ Forum, a pre-Summit event scheduled for Dec. 8, will kick off with a keynote address from Jack Young, Director of the Qualcomm Life Fund at Qualcomm Ventures. The Venture+ Forum is a unique platform for showcasing transformative technology and exploring investment opportunities to bring healthcare innovations to market. The event will spotlight new and emerging mobile health companies, showcase diverse funding sources and offer opportunities for networking with several hundred investors and innovators in mobile health and health IT. Eric Koester, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Data Collateral, will also speaking at the event about business model innovation as a competitive differentiator in healthcare.
  3. Innovation Zone on the exhibit hall floor of the mHealth Summit will showcase up to 70 innovators who are focusing on mobile health, gaming and aging markets. This 13,000 sq. ft. collective hub will be anchored by Games for Health, StartUp Mobile HealthandAging. Plus select companies from the Venture+ Forum will be exhibiting in the space.

Registration is open now for the 2013 mHealth Summit taking place Dec. 8-11, 2013 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Agenda details can be found at Additional speakers  and special events will be announced leading up to the Summit; keep up with Summit news @mhealthsummit and join the conversation using #mHealth13.