A project celebrating artists, entrepreneurs and civic leaders who shape Charlottesville.
The Founding Cville initiative celebrates the contemporary founders who are shaping the future of the City, and who inspire the next generation of ideas and founders. A public nomination process surfaces artists, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs whose endeavors have had tremendous local, national, and even global impacts. A selection committee comprised of past recipients and the Tom Tom Advisory Board select local founders. The recipients are announced in September.
In September, each Founder’s portrait is featured on a lamppost banner on the Downtown Mall.
In depth profiles are published of their founding story and advice for up-and-comers.
Participants share ideas at a private gathering hosted by previous recipients.
Founding Cville culminates with a public award ceremony at Tomtoberfest, our fall block party.
The public nominates local founders of business, artistic or civic initiatives who embody the Jeffersonian spirit of multidisciplinary creativity. Nominations open in May 2017.
2017 Founding Cville Recipients
Martin Burks III
Founding Visionary, Jefferson School City Center
Founder, Indoor Biotechnologies
Founder, The Women's Initiative
Founder, The World Peace Game
Cofounder, The Front Porch
Founder, Center for Politics at the University of Virginia
Cofounder, Virginia Institute of Autism
Founder, WillowTree and Metis Machine
2016 Founding Cville Recipients
Founder, Rockbridge Guitar
Founder, Lifeview Marketing
Cofounder, Easton Events & Easton Porter Group
Developer & Cofounder, IX Art Park
Cofounder, Ragged Mountain Running
A Father of Virginia Wine
Founder, Apex Clean Energy
Founder, Quantitative Investment Management
Founding member, Dave Matthews Band and the BAMA Works Fund.
Founder, Relay Foods
Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell
Cofounder, Ron Brown Scholar Program
Neal Kassell, MD
Founder, Focused Ultrasound Foundation
A father of the Virginia Cider movement
Kathryne Carr (in memoriam)
Mentor and Investor
Cofounder of SNL Financial & Look3 Festival of the Photograph
Founder of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Founder of U.Va.'s Emergency Medicine Center
Cofounder of Maternity Neighborhood
Architect & Developer (in memoriam)
Cofounder of Starr Hill Brewery
Founder of Crutchfield
Cofounder of the Local Food Hub
Cofounder of HackCville
Cofounder of Hexagon Energy
Cofounder of the Community Investment Collaborative & CNE