BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On Wednesday, startup businesses will get a chance to compete for seed funding, as part of The Rise of the Rest Bus Tour.
The nationwide effort rolls into the Magic City Wednesday morning.
On the bus, co-founder of AOL, Steve Case, J.D. Vance along with several other big-name investors.
Eight startups are competing for a chance to $100,000 in funding.
The 8 finalists in Birmingham include, Smart Alto, Eugene’s Hot Chicken, Swervice, O3 Solution, Tappas, Mixtroz, Shine E Solar and Help Lightning.
Case created the tour to help shine a light on emerging tech industries outside of the typical places most heard of – like Silicon Valley.
The winner will be announced Wednesday afternoon at the actual competition at Sloss Furnaces.
Other stops on the tour include Chattanooga, Dallas and Memphis.