How to Tom Tom, if you’re an innovator


See All the Innovation Programming

Monday, April 10

Crowdfunded Pitch Night 7 PM at IX Art Park: 10 local entrepreneurs and inventors pitch to a live audience that decides the winner.

Come early and grab dinner at the Community Picnic, 5 PM with local businesses, civic groups, and student organizations.

Tuesday, April 11

Workshop – Modern PR Strategies for Creative Entrepreneurs, 5 PM at Old Met: Learn the strategies that entrepreneurs and small businesses need to DIY their own public relations in today’s rapidly changing media landscape. Innovations in Education: Early Child Opportunities, 6 PM at the Paramount Theater: innovators, entrepreneurs and educators redefining early childhood education will highlight advances in the field through a series of flash talks and a panel discussion. Workshop – Charlottesville BCorps with Social Impact: MadiDrop, LLC, 7 PM at Old Met. Hear from the team at MadiDrop, (moderated by the Cheats Movement, Marc Chetham), on their approach to reduce waterborne illnesses through advances in water treatment.

Wednesday, April 12

Workshop – How to Build a Chatbot, 4 PM at Willowtree: The experts at Willowtree will teach you how to design and build your own Facebook Messenger bot using the Chatfuel platform. The highly anticipated Second Annual Future Forum, 7 PM at the Paramount Theater features city leaders who are shaping Charlottesville share their visions about the future of our arts and entrepreneurial economy.  Join the Mayor of Charlottesville as he introduces the region’s high-impact innovators.

Thursday, April 13

The next generation of leaders participate in high-energy challenges designed to sharpen their entrepreneurial, problem-solving skills at the Youth Summit, 9 AM – 3 PM, at the Paramount Theater. This student planned and student led event will conclude with a keynote address by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

The Hometown Summit, 9 AM – 5 PM, Jefferson School, combines dozens of interactive speeches, workshops and peer-led panels, offering a chance to learn from and connect with the leaders spearheading the nation’s most creative and successful campaigns for community change.

The evening is packed with industry giants in environmental science, media and policy. Innovations in Energy, 6 PM at the Paramount Theater, features some of the most influential leaders in the environmental movement sharing their take on the future of renewables.  Stay for Innovations in Democracy, 8 PM at the Paramount for an in-depth look at the First 100 Days of Trump. Speakers include Mark Warner, United States Senator; Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent, New York Times and Chris Cillizza, journalist, Washington Post.

Friday, April 14

Don’t miss the Region’s premier event for entrepreneurs: the Founders Summit, 9 AM – 5 PM at the Paramount Theater. The nation’s leading innovators and influencers share their founding stories and offer advice on starting up anything anywhere. Make sure to dine with the speakers and a panel of industry leaders at one of twelve Founders Summit Luncheons.  

Cap the day at the Tech Mixer, 5:30 PM, Lee Park and check out more than 100 of the hottest companies. Grab a drink with top talent from the innovation community and enjoy Tom Tom’s signature Block Party.

Saturday, April 15

Hone your entrepreneurial skills at small group discussions and workshops with Founders Summit keynotes, 10 AM – 3 PM, Old MetJoin the film producer and an expert panel discussion to explore the structural realities women face as they become entrepreneurs at the screening of She Started It, 10:30 AM, St. Anne’s-Belfield School. Attend the College Cup, 3PM at the Haven, promising seed-stage ventures from across the state compete for $10,000 in prize money. The winner also gets a berth at the Galant Challenge, which to date has resulted in investment exceeding $2 million! The evening concludes with Cville Gives Grant Night, 6 PM at the Haven, awarding six innovative local nonprofits.

Sunday, April 16

Head back over to Charlottesville’s Central Park for Sunday Block Party. All day, we’re hosting friends and neighbors for arts and crafts, all-local music, a New Belgium craft beer garden, and a food truck rallyWrap up Tom Tom with our  beloved Porchella acoustic concert series, in which  local musicians perform pop-up sets on neighborhood porches throughout C’ville’s historic Belmont.

All Week, April 10-16

Want one-on-one advice from a seasoned entrepreneur? Sign up for  Office Hours Mentoring Series.  Join your mentor at the  Block Party. Now in its third year, the City Art Bus is a key component of Tom Tom’s City as Canvas initiative, which recasts  shared  experiences as public art. Throughout the week, enjoy Farm-to-Table Restaurant Week menus that highlight local farms and our region’s premier chefs. Also, enjoy the libations from our Craft Cocktail Competition mixologists. And don’t forget to checkout the leader led Workshops throughout the week or catch a screening and panel discussion from one of four documentaries.