8 finalists announced for Orlando $100,000 ‘Rise of the Rest’ competition by AOL’s Steve Case

By Marco Santana


The traveling road show that will come through Orlando this month and reward tech startup with $100,000 has named the eight finalists that will vie for the prize.

Officials with former AOL CEO Steve Case’s “Rise of the Rest” tour, so-named because of Case’s belief that the next big tech company won’t necessarily come from Silicon Valley, released the names Tuesday.

Read more of the Original Article on the Orlando Sentinel website.

Source: www.orlandosentinel.com

My $.02s

Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest competition is a great way for investors outside of Orlando, as well as non-traditional startup investors, to see that Orlando truly has investable companies worth scaling and celebrating.  There has been a lot of energy surrounding the competition and we are looking forward to seeing each company represent Central Florida as they duel for dollars.


Our community is also excited to learn the 8 companies selected out of 150+ that applied.


A Big congratulations goes out to Orlando’s Elite 8:


  • AireHealth: Drug delivery for respiratory illnesses through a portable and connected nebulizer.
  • Alertgy: The company has developed a blood-glucose monitor and alert system.
  • Doghead Simulations: The company’s Rumii platform is a social VR product that conducts virtual meetings in a simulated 3D environment.
  • Edukate: Financial wellness platform has personalized guidance and benefits information.
  •  FleetZoo: A platform for vehicle fleet owners to track their assets.
  •  InitWeather: Using artificial intelligence, InitWeather has developed weather forecasting products for the energy and finance industries.
  • Millebot: This company specializes in large-scale 3D printing for on-demand production.
  •  Pangian: An AI-powered social network for telecommuters.

Good luck everyone!

Your success is the communities success as well. Keep rocking!

David Brim

About the author:

David Brim

David Brim is a marketing strategist, entrepreneur and investor living in Orlando, Florida. He is the founder of Orlando Entrepreneurs and founding partner of the Orlando Opportunity Fund. His primary professional focus areas include business model development, online lead generation, Software as a Service (SaaS) products, angel investing, and commercial real estate. Learn more at his blog Filled to the Brim.


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