Here’s What I Learned at This Year’s Rise of the Rest Tour

Judges on stage at central Pa.’s Rise of the Rest pitch competition. Image via Twitter.

We are better and stronger together. Revolution’s Rise of the Rest (ROTR) Tour stop in central Pennsylvania on Tuesday proved this when it brought together the tech communities of York, Lancaster and Harrisburg for a day of networking, frank conversations and, of course, the tour’s $100,000 pitch competition.

The day celebrated the unique aspects of tech entrepreneurship in each city but also put a spotlight on the region as a whole as the bus traveled from York to Lancaster, and to the final stop in Harrisburg. Governor Wolf was present for much of the tour and spoke to the high economic impact of entrepreneurship, specifically tech entrepreneurship. Deputy Secretary Sheri Collins was also present as she was for when AOL cofounder and Revolution’s chairman and CEO Steve Case visited us in Philly in 2015. The Pitch Competition at the Harrisburg Midtown Art Center brought tech startups from across the central Pennsylvania region to compete for the $100,000 check. I joined Steve on stage along with four other judges:  Read more »