It was recently announced that Steve Case – co-founder of AOL and CEO of Revolution – will be visiting Buffalo on Sept. 30 as part of the ‘Rise of the Rest’ initiative.
This is exciting news for the community, as according to this Buffalo News article, Case is coming here to shine his spotlight on our entrepreneurial ecosystem.
While in town, he will host a happy hour celebration and pitch competition, where startups will have the opportunity to win a $100,000 investment from Case himself.
Buffalo’s startup ecosystem has been growing quickly over the past few years and people are starting to take notice.
Z80 labs, 43 North, Launch NY, VCAMP and Startup Grind have all brought national attention to our growing entrepreneur scene.
Local leaders have formed a committee to plan for Case’s visit and show off everything that has been happening in the region.
The “Rise of the Rest” initiative, which includes partners Google for Entrepreneurs and SalesForce for Startups, is a nationwide effort led by Case to showcase – and invest in – talented entrepreneurs across the U.S.
Through the effort, which President Obama has publicly applauded, $1.5 million has been invested in startup businesses across a diverse set of 14 cities.
The Rise of the Rest tour kicks off in Baltimore on Sept. 28. Other stops include Philadelphia, Manchester and Portland.