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Rise of the Rest bus tour to showcase Birmingham innovation ecosystem

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Birmingham’s entrepreneurial and innovation landscape will be in the spotlight today, as the city hosts a national tour of supporters of early-stage startups.

The Rise of the Rest bus tour passes through the Magic City, where it will make stops at the National Civil Rights Institute, the makerspace MAKEbhm, downtown business incubator Innovation Depot and healthcare startup PackHealth.

The initiative is led by Steve Case, the founder of America Online and the chairman and CEO of the Washington D.C.-based investment firm Revolution, which seeks to help build disruptive, innovative companies.

In each city, the tour features a pitch competition and a $100,000 award to a promising startup. Since 2014, Case and his team have traveled more than 8,000 miles touring entrepreneurial communities in 33 cities.

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