Launch a business. Discover new perspectives. Meet collaborators and make new friends. This is a festival for founders, investors, and people with big ideas.

Founders Summit

Join the founders of Reddit, the Maker Movement, Chromat, the Container Store, and more at the historic Paramount Theater on Friday, April 17th for a daylong exploration into the art and science of building from scratch.


Three Live Funding Competitions

Are you a nonprofit, local entrepreneur, or U.Va. grad with a compelling vision? Over $500,000 of seed stage investment was offered to new ventures at Tom Tom last year. Get your idea out into the world.


Best of Virginia Early Stage Venture Showcase

Hear Virginia’s 10 most promising ventures pitch their business between talks and panels at Tom Tom’s Friday Founders Summit. These are companies that have already raised several million dollars in early funding, and are poised to become household names for their innovative approaches to major problems in healthcare, manufacturing, energy, and others.


Super Demo and Maker Faire

Super Demo is a gathering of undergraduate inventors and entrepreneurs from multiple colleges and universities. Students present their ideas in a lively format, with convivial feedback from a panel of judges including Alexis Ohanian, with winners taking home a cash prize. The Maker Faire is an international “World’s Fair” style showcase of ingenuity and mechanical creativity with robots, chemical processes, and 3D printing, as well as music technology and visual art.


Founders Summit Roundtables

What will it mean to be a Virginian in 20 years? Will our coastlines be where they are today? Will our kids go to college, and if so, what will they learn? Will the suburbs of DC stretch all the way to Charlottesville? Will Southwest Virginia find a new coal? The Founders Summit roundtables gather together leaders from across the state in multiple industries to share ideas and chart a vision for the future of the Commonwealth. Space is very limited, and available to attendees of the Founders Summit by first-come-first-served registration.


Founders Summit Speakers

Founding Partners