Charlottesville, VA (August 31, 2017) – Tom Tom Founders Festival today announced its first 40 speakers for the inaugural Fall Forum, a statewide convening of innovative business and community leaders from across Virginia. The organizers anticipate over 60 speakers in total. The Forum will take place in multiple venues across Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall on Friday, September 22nd, and will culminate in Tom Tom’s 6th Annual Tomtoberfest block party, a free public celebration of inclusive innovation and purpose-driven entrepreneurship in Charlottesville. A full agenda of the day and biographical information about speakers are available at tomtomfest.com/fallforum.
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ABOUT THE TOM TOM FOUNDATION AND THE FOUNDERS FESTIVAL
The Tom Tom Foundation is a nonprofit organization that celebrates entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and creators who are shaping cities and communities across the nation. Tom Tom’s signature event is a weeklong festival of ideas and culture that takes place in Charlottesville, Virginia, each April in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. This cross discipline, multi-venue experience transforms the historic downtown and empowers the innovators, who are envisioning a brighter future. Since its inception in 2012, the Foundation’s Spring and Fall programming has showcased over 700 speakers and 280 bands to 172,000 program attendees, and has channeled $2.8 million to new ventures and projects. Learn more: www.tomtomfest.com.
The Tom Tom Founders Festival is presented by the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, American Evolution, the Quantitative Foundation, and the i.Lab at UVA. It is also generously underwritten by a number of leading organizations, including the University of Virginia, Ting, C-Ville Weekly, New Belgium Brewing Company, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, City of Charlottesville, UVA’s Galant Center for Entrepreneurship at the McIntire School of Commerce, UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, UVA’s Curry School of Education, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.