Founders
Summit

APRIL 11-14, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

FOUNDERS
SUMMIT

APRIL 11-14, 2018

Charlottesville, VA

Start Anything, Anywhere

4 Days, 150+ Speakers, 100+ Sessions

The Founders Summit makes the connections that build great companies, inspire creative thinking and create change in communities across the nation. Founding story keynotes anchor four days of industry conversations, boutique workshops, and parties, that offer exclusive access to America’s leading innovators.

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

 

Inspiring
Tomorrow’s Leaders

 

Entrepreneurs, innovators, executives, designers, researchers, and investors shaping the future of industry and impact.

 

OVER 80 SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

 

Stay tuned as we announce hundreds of incredible inventors, artists, advocates, and innovators across 8 industry tracks:

HEALTH | DESIGN | ENERGY | FOOD
INVESTMENT | DATA | MEDIA | SOCIAL IMPACT

 

OVER 110 SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

 

Stay tuned as we announce hundreds of incredible inventors, artists, advocates, and innovators across 8 industry tracks.

SUMMIT LUNCHEONS

Plated lunches with Tom Tom’s keynote speakers hosted at multiple restaurants across Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. All luncheons are included in All Access and Patron Badges or sold individually.

“There’s this misconception that great ideas, great startups, and great world-changing companies need to start in big cities or Silicon Valley… And that’s not true.”

Alexis Ohanian
Cofounder, Reddit

SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

 

Engage with 700 of the nation’s leading innovators at keynotes, panels, luncheons, and mixers.

Detailed schedule to follow

Wednesday

Speaker & Patron Lounge Opens
Welcome Reception
Competitions & 8PM Keynote

Thursday

All Day Keynotes & Track Sessions
Speaker and Patron Gala
Evening Jeffersonian Dinners

Friday

All Day Keynotes & Track Sessions
VIP Industry Luncheons
Evening Jeffersonian Dinners
Evening Block Party

Saturday

Morning Sessions
Closing Lunch
Evening Jeffersonian Dinners
All Day Block Party

SCHEDULE

 

Engage with 700 of the nation’s leading innovators at keynotes, panels, luncheons, and mixers.

 

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 Saturday

 5:00PM | Registration  8:00AM | Coffee and Registration  8:00AM |Coffee and Registration  8:00AM | Farmers Market
 5:00PM | Patron & Speakers Lounge Opens*  9:00AM | Keynote  9:00AM | Keynote  9:00AM | Session
 6:00PM | Welcome Reception  10:30AM | Track Sessions  10:30AM | Track Sessions  10:30AM | Session
 6:00PM | Competitions  12:00PM | Keynote with Boxed Lunch  12:00PM | Keynote with Boxed Lunch  12:00PM | Closing Lunch
 8:00PM | Keynote   2:00PM | Track Sessions  12:00PM | VIP Industry Luncheons**  1:00PM | Concerts and Parties
 8:00PM | Performances and Concerts  3:30PM | Track Sessions  2:00PM | Track Sessions 7:00PM | Jefferson Dinners*
    6:00PM | Speaker and Patron Gala*  3:30PM | Track Sessions   
    6:00PM | Keynote  5:00PM | Block Parties and Concert Series   
    7:30PM | Jefferson Dinners*  7:00PM | Jefferson Dinners*   
    8:00 PM | Keynote   8:00PM | Keynote   
           

 

*Requires Patron Badge
**Requires Patron or All Access Badge

 

Video Library

See the talks, panels and keynotes of past speakers.

 

See the Videos
 

Tom Tom
Founders Festival

 

The Founders Summit takes place in the midst of the seventh annual Tom Tom Founders Festival, an action-packed week celebrating urbanism, creativity, and entrepreneurship in small cities. Join us in historic downtown Charlottesville for seven days of terrific bands, entrepreneurs, artists, and local chefs and farmers.

Festival Overview

 

FOUNDING PARTNERS