Founding Stories

The nation’s top innovators share their founding stories, and the insights that brought them success.

Found Yourself

The resources to grow are at your fingertips at luncheons, workshops, panels, and competitions.

America’s Founding city

Founding Fathers, World Heritage Sites, and UVA call Charlottesville home. We’re the best week of the year in an already amazing town.


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Keynote Speakers

Bill Crutchfield

Bill Crutchfield

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

 

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

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

 

Jason Flom

Jason Flom

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

 

Craig Dubitsky

Craig Dubitsky

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

 

Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen

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

 

Becca McCharen

Becca McCharen

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

 

Sam Rosen

Sam Rosen

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

 

ACe Callwood

ACe Callwood

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

 

Doug Stoup

Doug Stoup

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

Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick

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

 

Founders Summit Panelists

Schedule

Presented in partnership with the iLab at UVA

Morning

9am
Coffee and Registration

9am
Building a Big Business from a Small Town with Bill Crutchfield

10am
Building the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem with Brendan Richardson, Deb McMahon, Noah Pittard, and Michael Lenox

10:45am
Redefining Consumer Brands with Craig Dubitsky and Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

Luncheons

12–2pm
Dive into specific topics at our industry luncheons:

  • Virginia’s Startup Ecosystem
  • Q&A with Bill Crutchfield
  • Virginia’s Purpose Driven Economy
  • Environmental Entrepreneurs
  • Gender Influence on Business Innovation
  • Making Local First For All
  • Public Art in Virginia
  • Exoneration as Innovation
  • Virginia Student Entrepreneurs
  • The Biotech Boom

Luncheon details

Afternoon

2pm
Passion & Advocacy with Jason Flom and Dahlia Lithwick

3pm
Creativity & Ideation with Rodney Mullen, Becca McCharen, and Doug Stoup

4:30pm
Millennial Entrepreneurs Innovating Traditional Industries with Sam Rosen and ACe Callwood

“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

2015 Highlights

 
 
 

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