38,200 Attendees

A look back at the 5th Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival in numbers. Concerts, performances, workshops, summits, talks, competitions, and public art, with something for everyone.

0 Cavities

Craig Dubitsky, founder of eos and Hello Products, swallowed his edible toothpaste on stage at the Founders Summit.

1 Iron Chef Winner

Underdog chef Otis Sims, Jr. of UVA Healthcare was crowned Charlottesville’s Iron Chef at an emotionally charged competition.

1 Bill Signed into Law

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed House Bill 1230 to protect student intellectual property and encourage entrepreneurship at the inaugural Youth Summit.

1.5 Million Dollars

At the Crowdfunded Pitch Night, Galant Challenge, SuperDemo and other competitions, 37 competitors were awarded up to $1.5M in seed funding (pending final terms).

2-Block Line

Boyd Tinsley of Dave Matthews Band performed with Crystal Garden, his newest project, at a free concert at the Paramount Theater.

4 Murals

Mickael Broth, Ed Trask, Laura Wooten, and Christy Baker added some more color Charlottesville as part of the City as Canvas project.

5 CAT Routes

This year’s Tom Tom Art Bus, designed by Swank of ICU Art, brightens the city with whimsical artistry on multiple Transit lines in Charlottesville and Albemarle.

5 Block Parties

Our open-air, free concerts featured 49 bands & performers and brought out more than 21,000 attendees.

9 Founders Summit Keynotes

From Silicon Valley executives to music industry titans, from polar explorers to fashion designers, this year defined entrepreneurship with a wide range of themes.

10 Front Porches in Belmont

At Porchella, music spilled into the neighborhood streets for acoustic jams that closed out the festival. Even the Mayor came!

12 Tom Tom Craft Cocktails

Mixologists competed to create Tom Tom Cocktails highlighting (at least) one local ingredient. Congrats to Christian Johnson of Tavola and his winning masterpiece, Floreale.

15 UVA Schools & Departments

The incredible partnership with the University of Virginia continues to grow, highlighting discovery, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation on Grounds and in the community.

15 Fellows

A cohort of UVA students helped take charge of art, innovation, food, marketing, and outreach throughout the year.

16 Food Trucks

From tacos to sliders, our block parties had the best local food trucks to please every palate.

16 Farm-To-Table Restaurant Menus

Our third annual Farm-to-Table week featured Cville’s celebrated chefs highlighting local farms and artisans.

18 Countries

Founders Summit keynote speaker Sukhinder Singh Cassidy led an 18-country expansion at Google before founding Joyus and theBoardlist.

24 F-Bombs

Founders Summit keynote speaker Jason Flom signed Katy Perry, Lorde, Jessie J, and Kid Rock. He gets a pass.

35 World Champion Skateboarding Titles

Founders Summit keynote speaker Rodney Mullen shared how he reinvented skateboarding.

38 Venues

Tom Tom spread throughout Downtown Cville for a week—we couldn’t be more thankful for the community engagement.

54.5 Career Sacks

Chris Long, UVA alum and New England Patriots Defensive End, shared the stage with UVA coaches to explore Innovations in Athletics.

71 Students

The Youth Summit was led and planned by 50 local high school students, and 21 students spoke or pitched. Only one speaker (plus the Governor) was over the age of 25!

81 Speakers

Touching on everything from exoneration to public art, from food security to building a startup, this year’s speakers were the most impressive and inspiring yet.

120 Sponsors

Thanks to the organizations and businesses who share our vision and support the creative economy of Charlottesville. (Like Storyware, whose team, pictured here, built our website!)

136 Artists & Vendors

The largest FleaVILLE ever highlighted crafts and vintage goods from across Virginia, and creative high jinks ensued at Art Attack, Creative Collisions, and Synesthesia.

160 Silent Disco Headsets

The latest trend in the club scene was the talk of the town. Stay tuned for a redux.

193 White Flags

Representing peace, this enormous art installation by Resident Artist Aaron Fein invoked a poignant message at Lee Park.

275 Volunteers. 961 Hours.

The people who made it all possible: setting up, breaking down, pouring beer and smiling the whole while. A huge thank you!

400+ Participating Organizations

The most community involvement in Tom Tom’s 5 year history. We couldn’t be more proud of Cville’s dedication.

9500+ Attendees. 9 Dirty Birds. 1 Sister.

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds capped an epic Saturday block party with a blistering set.

16,000 Glasses Of Beer, Wine, & Cider

New Belgium and some of our best local brewers, Champion, Wild Wolf, and Potters Cider kept things rolling at our block parties.

20,000 Dollars given to UVA’s Innovators of the Year

The most impressive research at the University received a big push from UVA’s Licensing and Ventures Group.

24,000 Brochures

Our brochure went out in every C-Ville Weekly right before the Festival. Didn’t get one? Come by our office, we saved a few.

37 Million Records

Acclaimed Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley showcased his love for Cville by debuting his new project, Crystal Garden, in a free concert.

38,200 Attendees

We’ll drop that number again! What a week. Thank you Charlottesville!

1 Year

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Special thanks to our photographer, Tom Daly