Entrepreneur Wins $100,000 Rise Of The Rest Investment

By Jason Addy
The York Dispatch, Pa.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “Device Events”, is a subscription-based service that allows hospitals, patients and doctors, among others, to identify problems with medical devices much earlier than federal agencies can issue a warning or recall. Its founder Madris Tomes, just won a $100,000 investment from AOL founder Steve Case.

The York Dispatch, Pa.

“Device Events”, the brainchild of Madris Tomes of Spring Garden Township, was awarded the $100,000 investment from AOL founder Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest stop in central Pennsylvania.

The competition was Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center.

Update From Previous story: When AOL founder Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest bus tour rolls into York City next month, Spring Garden Township resident Madris Tomes will be the sole York County resident vying for his $100,000 investment.

Tomes will pitch her Device Events business to Case and venture capitalist J.D. Vance during the Rise of the Rest competition at 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center.

She is one of nine business leaders from the York-Lancaster-Harrisburg region selected to pitch their companies and plans in the hopes of landing a six-figure investment from Case by the end of the day, according to the list of finalists released Thursday, Sept. 14.

The finalists, selected from a field of 80 applicants, also include four companies from Lancaster and one each from Harrisburg, Carlisle, State College and Phoenixville in Chester County.

The Rise of the Rest tour is a nationwide effort to find businesses and ideas outside of main innovation hubs in major cities.

Over seven days, Case will invest a half-million dollars, dropping a $100,000 investment on one company in each of five different metropolitan areas.

The weeklong bus tour kicks off with a tour of downtown York City and the pitch competition in Harrisburg on Oct. 10 before moving on to Ann Arbor, Michigan; Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; and the Green Bay and Fox River Valley region of Wisconsin.

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