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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival returns to downtown Charlottesville and features the Tom Tom Summits event April 11-14. With more than 200 speakers, the sessions offer deep dives into the future of industry and civic leadership, with cutting-edge ideas from the innovators and visionaries who are making it happen.
The Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the McIntire School of Commerce is proud to be a major supporter of Tom Tom, and we hope you’ll join us there!
Secure your badges or tickets early to register for your preferred sessions. Take 50 percent off Summit badges using the code MCINTIREALUM.
Enjoy the keynotes, classes, and sessions featuring McIntire alumni and other innovators around town.
McIntire Alumni at the Tom Tom Founders Festival
Bradford Manning (McIntire ’07), Co-Founder, Two Blind Brothers
Founding Stories- GRIT: Overcoming Adversity
Friday, April 13, 9-10:10 a.m.
The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St.
Nancy Twine (McIntire ’07), CEO, Briogeo Hair Care
Founding Stories: Success to Scale
Friday, April 13, 11-11:45 a.m.
Josh Anton (McIntire ’14), Founder and CEO, X-Mode
Brett Gibson (McIntire ’02), Managing Partner and Co-Founder, NextGen Venture Partners
Steve Gibson (McIntire ’87), CFO, The Washington Post
Melody Koh (McIntire ’07), Venture Partner, NextView Ventures
Bryan Myers (McIntire ’09), Chief Operating Officer, [solidcore]
Jack Prominski (McIntire '13, Data Science '18), Graduate Student, UVA Data Science Institute
Chat Razdan (McIntire ’05), Co-Founder and CEO, Care+Wear
Karen Seminara (McIntire ’94), CFO, Nickelodeon Group, Production Operations and Consumer Products Operations, Viacom
Alex Wu (McIntire ’07), Managing Partner, Cavalier Venture Partners
Not sure about what else to do at the festival? Here’s a short list of some of the more than 110 events to check out:
- Watch students pitch their tech, leadership, and innovation ideas at the American Evolution Innovators Cup competition (the winner will be invited to compete at the Sixth Annual Galant Challenge, UVA's premier startup event connecting select UVA-affiliated seed- and early-stage ventures with potential investors).
- Attend a session on inclusion in entrepreneurship.
- Roam around the Belmont neighborhood to hear free sunset front porch concerts.
- Share a meal with industry leaders in marketing, innovation, and more, at a Founders Luncheon.
- Stop by the McIntire tent and connect with 100+ tech-related organizations at the Friday night Tech Mixer in Emancipation Park.
See the full Tom Tom Founders Festival schedule here.