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.