Rise of the Rest

This past May, Birmingham was one of five cities selected for the Rise of the Rest Road Tour. Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, formed the Rise of the Rest initiative to support the growth of innovative, tech-focused business located outside the major tech hubs of Silicon Valley, New York City and Boston. The ROTR Seed Fund is backed by a group of iconic entrepreneurs, executives and investors. Each year, the tour stops in five cities with emerging startup ecosystems, spending an entire day being shown the highlights of each city's startup community, ending with a pitch competition with a $100,000 prize.

Dimond Fortress Technologies:
A biometric security software provider.

An online platform that brings archaeological discovery to all.

Help Lightning
Problem-solving app that merges reality and virtual interactive presence.

SaaS that aggregates sports teams’ content and athletes’ social media channels.

An app that makes networking meaningful
and intentional.

O3 Solution
Helps owners of industrial capital assets manage their Advanced Work Packaging program.

Planet Fundraiser
Helps raise money for causes by shopping
locally or online.

Shine E Solar
Community garden launch and maintenance
kits for urban lots.

Smart Alto
Helps real estate agents respond to leads
through a text-messaging robot.

Digital customer experience platform for independent auto shop owners.

Makes mobile application testing easy using smart automation and machine learning technology.

Uses data to improve patient access to health care and accelerate patient recruitment into clinical trials.