RISE OF THE REST ®
SEED FUND

We invest catalytic capital in the most promising seed stage companies located outside of Silicon Valley, New York City and Boston. The ROTR Seed Fund is backed by a group of iconic entrepreneurs, executives and investors.

APPROACH

We work closely with trusted members of our network to source and vet the best seed stage opportunities in cities across the country. We visit multiple cities a year through our Rise of the Rest® tours, and gather key stakeholders from past tour cities at least once a year during the Rise of the Rest® Summit.

We make a minimum of 20 investments a year.

OVERVIEW

We recognize that some of the most compelling investment opportunities in the next decade will likely emerge from startups in cities all across the United States.

These companies will disrupt major industries like food, healthcare, transportation, and agriculture – industries that have long established ties to regions between the coasts.

The Rise of the Rest® Seed Fund invests in passionate entrepreneurs who leverage their expertise in these industries to change the way we live and work.

INVESTORS

 

Jim Barksdale

 

Jeff Bezos

 

Sara Blakely

 

Jim Breyer

 

Tory Burch

 

Steve Case

 

Ray Dalio

 

John Doerr

 

Scott Dorsey

 

Craig Duchossois

 

Dan Gilbert

 

Sheila Johnson

 

Brad Keywell

 

Members of the Koch Family

 

Henry Kravis

 

Mel Lagomasino

 

Eric Lefkofsky

 

Ted Leonsis

 

William M. Lewis, Jr.

 

Joe Mansueto

 

Michael Milken

 

Adebayo Ogunlesi

 

Sean Parker

 

Charles Phillips

 

William Powers

 

Members of the Pritzker Family

 

David Rubenstein

 

Howard Schultz

 

Eric Schmidt

 

Byron Trott

 

John Underwood

 

J.D. Vance

 

Jeff Vinik

 

Romesh Wadhwani

 

Members of the Walton Family

 

Meg Whitman

 

The next tour is in Spring 2018. Click here to learn more.

Revolution’s Rise of the Rest® tour with Steve Case is a nationwide effort to work closely with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. Our view is that this is the beginning of a new era for entrepreneurship across the U.S. — high-growth companies can now start and scale anywhere, not just in a few coastal cities.

On each bus tour, we visit five cities in five days and invest at least $500,000 in local startups through pitch competitions. Throughout the day we also visit the fastest growing local startups, hear directly from innovators, spend time learning from local policy and business leaders.

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Steve Case leads the Rise of the Rest® Seed Fund, alongside Managing Partner J.D. Vance, and Partners David Hall and Anna Mason. We work collaboratively on each portfolio investment, bringing our unique skills, complementary talents, and personal commitment to partnering with entrepreneurs in all major aspects of business-building.

The investment team’s background, coupled with the strength and depth of our network platform, uniquely positions us to assist portfolio companies with their market positioning, access to potential partners, and efforts to understand policies that can impact their business or industry.