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.


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. The Rise of the Rest® Seed Fund invests in passionate entrepreneurs that are based outside of Silicon Valley, Boston, and New York City.

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



Glenn August


Jim Barksdale


Jeff Bezos


Jim Bildner


Sara Blakely


Jim Breyer


Tory Burch


Steve Case


Ray Dalio


John Doerr


Jim Donovan


Scott Dorsey


Craig Duchossois


Bill Frist


Dan Gilbert


Ward Glassmeyer


Josh Harris


Bill Haslam


Bradley Horowitz & Irene Au


Brendan Iribe


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


James Murdoch


Adebayo Ogunlesi


Sean Parker


Charles Phillips


Kevin Plank


Dina Powell & David McCormick


William Powers


Members of the Pritzker Family


Spencer Rascoff


David Rubenstein


Michael Rubin


Howard Schultz


Eric Schmidt


David Siegel


Brad Smith & Alys Smith


Megan Smith


Byron Trott


John Underwood


Jeff Vinik


Romesh Wadhwani


Glenn Youngkin


Revolution’s Rise of the Rest® Road Trip with Steve Case is a nationwide effort to work closely with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. 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.

Steve Case leads the Rise of the Rest® Seed Fund, alongside Managing Partner David Hall. The investment team’s backgrounds, coupled with the strength and depth of our network platform, uniquely enables 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.

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