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Apr
2

Rough Rise to National Recognition

If the upcoming Tom Tom Founders Festival had a theme song, it might well be, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” As the festival enters its fifth year, some people still are puzzled about by the name. No, it doesn’t have anything to do with the brand of a navigational system — or the piper’s son,…

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Apr
2

Tom Tom Founders Festival to Highlight Businesswomen

When Dahlia Lithwick graduated from Stanford Law School in a class that was half women, she looked forward to a future where men and women would be on equal footing in the workplace. More than 20 years later, she is still waiting. “I graduated from law school in 1993, and if you had told me…

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Mar
31

City as a Canvas Theme Returns to Charlottesville Area Transit

Following the success of last year’s painted Trolley, Charlottesville Area Transit has once again partnered with the Tom Tom Founders Festival to showcase art in the local community. Rather than painting a soon-to-be-decommissioned bus, CAT has wrapped a hybrid transit bus in a vibrant mural. The wrap, essentially a large removable sticker, will remain on…

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Mar
31

Charlottesville to host 5th annual Tom Tom fesitival

Charlottesville will host the fifth annual Tom Tom Founders Festival April 11-17. The festival showcases entrepreneurs from the Charlottesville area, as well as keynote speakers who have founded their own ventures. The Tom Tom Founders Festival is a local non-profit organization with a central mission of celebrating and empowering founders of all types, Innovation Program…

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Mar
24

Female entrepreneurs can get a free ticket to Founders Summit

In an effort to increase female entrepreneurship in Charlottesville, the Tom Tom Founders Festival is letting Founders Summit attendees send complimentary tickets to women. The initiative was announced Thursday and will allow each ticket-holder to send a free ticket to a female entrepreneur. “Women are changing the environment in today’s business,” said Celi[a] Castleman, TTFF…

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Mar
22

New event to talk about innovations in athletics

The Tom Tom Founders Festival is holding all kinds of new events this year, including the just-announced Innovations in Athletics event that will take place April 14 at the Paramount Theater. This event will feature Bronco Mendenhall, the new University of Virginia head football coach; Michele Madison, UVA’s field hockey head coach; and Chris Long,…

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Mar
21

Watch: Boyd Tinsley to give free concert

The Tom Tom Founders Festival announced Monday that Boyd Tinsley will be giving a free concert at the Paramount Theater. Tinsley is one of the founding members of the Dave Matthews Band and is considered one of Charlottesville most acclaimed musicians. The April 12 concert will offer an introduction to one of his new projects,…

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Mar
18

Tom Tom preparing for partner competitions

The Tom Tom Founders Festival is planning to give up to $1 million to startups during its partner competitions this year. The first competition is the Crowdfunded Pitch Night that will take place April 13. Ten local entrepreneurs, artists and nonprofits will pitch their ideas to a live audience, which will then vote on which…

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Mar
17

New event on social innovations in health

People who are innovating social enterprise models to improve the health of citizens in Charlottesville and around the world will be in town for the Tom Tom Founders Festival. It’s for the festival’s first Social Innovations in Health event that will take place April 12 at the Paramount Theater. “While there are many paths to…

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Mar
16

Tom Tom to hold First Future Forum

The Tom Tom Founders Festival will be holding its first Future Forum next month at the Paramount Theater. The forum will feature some of the area’s leaders talking about what they see for the future of the city. “The Future Forum will be a must-attend event for everyone passionate about the future of Charlottesville,” said…

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