Founders
Summit

 

APRIL 13-15, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

 

Over fifty inspiring innovators.
Three transformative days.

Founders
Summit

 

APRIL 13-15, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

 

Over fifty inspiring innovators.
Three transformative days.

2017 Founders Summit Keynotes

ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER
NEW AMERICA

President and CEO of New America, a renowned foreign policy expert, best-selling author and one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, Dr. Slaughter returns to her hometown to share her remarkable founding story.

Kim Jordan
New Belgium Brewing Company

As cofounder, Kim turned a background in social work and a basement-based brewery into the nation’s eighth-largest brewer and an employee-owned sustainability superstar.

Dave McClure
500 Startups

As founding partner, Dave built a global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator that now has more than $300 million in committed capital. 500 Startups has invested in 1,600 technology startups in more than 60 countries.

Kim Jordan
New Belgium Brewing Company

As cofounder, Kim turned a background in social work and a basement-based brewery into the nation’s eighth-largest brewer and an employee-owned sustainability superstar.

Dave McClure
500 Startups

As founding partner, Dave built a global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator that now has more than $300 million in committed capital. 500 Startups has invested in 1,600 technology startups in more than 60 countries.

Laura Weidman Powers
Code2040

As cofounder and CEO, Laura brings her background in youth development and technology to CODE2040, which seeks to create access and opportunities for Black and Latinx tech talent, ensuring their leadership in the innovation economy.

Mike Porath
The Mighty

A leader in digital media, Mike created an online platform with more than 125 million readers in just three years. The Mighty is a community helping those who face mental illness, disability, autism and disease.

Craig Dubitsky
Hello Products and Eos Products

Back by popular demand, Craig is the award-winning creative genius behind hello, the no.2 natural oral care brand in the U.S. He’s also the force behind the eos lip and skincare brand, and Popcorn, Indiana.

Mike Muse
Muse Recordings

He’s a music executive, political expert, change agent, and co-founder of Muse Recordings. Working at the intersection of politics and pop culture, Mike uses his platform to create social change.

Susan McPherson
McPherson Strategies

Founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, and a nationally recognized cause marketer, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert, Susan helps clients amplify their reach and social impact.

Justin Ahrens
Rule29

As founder and Creative Director of Rule29, Justin speaks the languages of business and design. Throughout his career, Justin has upheld a commitment to give his time and talents to support important social causes.

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Ting Xu
Evergreen Enterprises and Plow & Hearth

Emigrating from a fishing village in Shanghai when she was 19, Ting started sewing garden flags to sell at the Virginia State Fair. Thirty years later, she has built an international enterprise with annual revenues exceeding $300 million and 1,500 global employees.

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Founders Summit Programs

 

Tom Tom Founders Festival

April 10–16

A weeklong celebration of bold ideas—and of the power of innovation to renew our communities and reshape our world. Day-to-night events include: transformative Summits; electrifying performances; exciting pitch competitions; thought-provoking art; and the very best of local cuisine.

Highlights from Past Summits

From Silicon Valley executives to music industry titans, from polar explorers to fashion designers, the 2016 Founders Summit defined entrepreneurship with a wide range of themes.

“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

Past Speakers

Alexis Ohanian

UVA grad and Cofounder and Executive Chairman of Reddit, “the front page of the internet”

 

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Becca McCharen

Fashion designer whose works are worn by Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj & more, founder & CEO of Chromat

 

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Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

Led an 18-country expansion at Google & is redefining online shopping, founder of Joyus & theBoardlist

 

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Jason Flom

Music industry titan and philanthropist, founder & CEO of Lava Records and founding member of Innocence Project

 

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Bill Crutchfield

Built a $250M/year consumer electronics business with $1,000 and no outside investment, founder of Crutchfield

 

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Rodney Mullen

35-time World Champion Skateboarder & Inventor of modern street skating, founder of World Industries

ACe Callwood

VCU grad and breakout young entrepreneur, founder of Coffitivity & Painless1099

Peter Rojas

Cofounder of Gizmodo and Engadget, two of the web’s most influential tech blogs

 

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Donna Harris

Cofounder of 1776, a comprehensive initiative to convene and accelerate startups from around the world

Kip Tindell

Founder of The Container Store, the nation’s leading retailer of storage and organization products

 

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Craig Dubitsky

Award winning creative genius behind Method, founder of eos Lip Balm & Hello Products

Doug Stoup

Has traveled to both North and South Poles more than anyone on the planet, founder of Ice Axe Expeditions

 

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Dale Dougherty

Founder and CEO of Make Magazine and Maker Faire, a series of enormous worldwide expos of creativity and innovation

Dahlia Lithwick

Prolific author, premier SCOTUS journalist, and senior editor at Slate

Sam Rosen

Revolutionary UVA grad, founder and CEO of MakeSpace, an on-demand alternative to self-storage

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