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Councilman Daniel Valenzuela Welcomes Steve Case and “Rise of the Rest” Road Tour to PhoenixCouncilman Daniel Valenzuela Welcomes Steve Case and “Rise of the Rest” Road Tour to Phoenix<div class="ExternalClassD25A3066532F44DBA41AD08D3E975F50"><div>Innovation and entrepreneurship aren't exclusive to Silicon Valley and the city of Phoenix is emerging as a renowned entrepreneur hub in the New West with the escalating growth of local Incubators, Accelerators, Coworking and Maker spaces. National attention is focusing on the Phoenix region as a result of several successful startups driving various funding sources to explore the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.</div><div><br></div><div>Billionaire D.C. startup investor and ex-AOL CEO Steve Case is showcasing innovative startups in the western United States with his “Rise of the Rest Road Tour,”a five-city bus tour concluding in Phoenix after visiting startups and incubators throughout the West.</div><div><br></div><div>The tour, led by Case in collaboration with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, and leaders in the startup community – commonly known as #yesphx – rolls into Phoenix on Oct. 7. Councilman Valenzuela and Case will appear together with others from the startup community on two panels to discuss the region’s startup ecosystem and the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs in Greater Phoenix. Councilman Valenzuela will facilitate a panel titled “Ecosystem Leader Conversation” with ASU President Michael Crow at ASU SkySong, 1475 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, from 9 -10:30 a.m. He’ll then join Case, President Crow and others on a Rise of the Rest Fireside Chat at 3 p.m. at the Duce, 525 S. Central Ave.</div><div><br></div><div>"I'm excited for Phoenix to showcase why our city is quickly becoming a national destination for entrepreneurs, innovators and startups," said Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, a strong advocate for #yesphx. "Our ecosystem is driving our economy forward through attraction, retention and especially the development of talent, and we are looking forward to sharing our story on the Rise of the Rest startup tour."</div><div><br></div><div>Phoenix was chosen from hundreds of crowdsourced nominations. Eighty cities were nominated and five western metros that are leading the charge in the new era of technological revitalization were selected, with Phoenix chosen to cap off the five-day event. The tour, making its final stop in Phoenix  after visits to  Omaha/Lincoln, Denver, Salt Lake City/Provo, and Albuquerque, will host competitions at The Duce in Phoenix’s warehouse district, where a panel of judges will pick a startup to win a $100,000 investment from Case.</div></div>10/6/2016 7:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405