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TOM TOM
FOUNDERS
FESTIVAL

APRIL 10-16, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

 

TOM TOM
FOUNDERS
FESTIVAL

APRIL 10-16, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

 

 

Sixth ANNUAL FOUNDERS FESTIVAL

April 10–16, 2017

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The Founders Festival is a weeklong celebration that empowers artists, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders who shape communities across the nation.

7 days

60 bands

200 speakers


6 murals

$1.5M Seed Capital

40,000 Attendees

 

The Founders Summit

Announcing 2017 Keynote Speakers

Featured Speakers

Kim Jordan
New Belgium Brewery

Kim turned a background in social work and a basement-based brewery into the nation’s eighth-largest brewer.

Dave McClure
500 Startups

Dave grew Silicon Valley-based 500 Startups into a leading global venture capital firm investing in over 1600 startups.


See the full lineup

 

The Hometown Summit

New in 2017

Small cities, big ideas

These cities pilot path-breaking solutions to 21st century challenges.

More than 80 speakers announced!

FEATURED EVENTS

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Youth Summit

This student-planned and student-led summit convenes high school students, educators, and civic leaders from across Virginia for inspirational keynotes and high-energy challenges.

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Block Parties

Tom Tom serves up three days of top-notch bands, craft beer, art, and food trucks.

Future Forum

An inspiring group of visionary local leaders discuss what lies ahead for Charlottesville’s creative economy.

Porchella

Hometown musicians perform live on front porches throughout Charlottesville’s favorite neighborhoods.

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City as Canvas

Resident artists—and artists-in-residence—team up to transform Cville’s public spaces into community places.

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Farm to Table Restaurant Week

Charlottesville’s best chefs create a week of outstanding locally-sourced and -inspired menus.

NEWS

 

2017 Art Bus Competition

Winner Announced!

 

TOM TOM FOUNDATION

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The Tom Tom Foundation is the nonprofit organization that hosts the annual Tom Tom Founders Festival. Supporting high-impact events throughout the year, the Foundation seeks to empower the innovators whose creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and dedication to community help ensure a better future for us all. Now in its sixth year, the action-packed Founders Festival is held during the week of April 13 (hometown hero Thomas Jefferson’s birthday) in Charlottesville, VA.

SPONSORS