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Tom Tom Founders Festival announces Hometown Summit conference for small cities

The Tom Tom Founders Festival will expand its offerings this spring to include a gathering of officials and community leaders from around the country to celebrate small and medium-sized cities as centers of innovation. The Hometown Summit will explore how talent, placemaking, innovation and leadership mesh to help small cities thrive in the growing innovation-based […]

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UVa students win Velocity Tour pitch competition

A pair of University of Virginia-trained biomedical engineers won a $25,000 grant from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office Friday at a pitch competition that kicked of the Tom Tom Founders Festival’s Tomtoberfest fall block party. Payam Pourtaheri and Ameer Shakeel run AgroSpheres LLC and have developed a chemical that degrades pesticides and, they hope, will give […]

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Entrepreneurs preach passion, flexibility at Tom Tom Founders Summit

A skateboarder, a fashion designer, two CEOs and a record executive brought a common denominator Friday to the Tom Tom Founders Festival’s Founders Summit: They all had pursued businesses based on their passions. Rodney Mullen turned his preternatural talent on a skateboard, the consequent rabid fan base and a math and engineering degree into World […]

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Fifth Tom Tom pitch night sees youngest-ever winners

The youngest-ever entrants to the Tom Tom Founders Festival’s Crowd-funded Pitch Night took home the event’s top honor Wednesday night. Clara Duffy and Leela Ghaemmaghami, juniors at St. Anne’s-Belfield School, started Seniors Connect to help older people use and understand technology. They also are writing an app called Doctor’s Orders to help seniors remember which […]

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Tech, creativity keys to area’s future, forum participants say

A brewer, an educator, a computer programmer, a film festival director and a lawyer and politician painted a picture of an arts-infused, tech-driven city Monday when asked to envision Charlottesville in 2025. Speaking at the Future Forum, the opening event of the Tom Tom Founders Festival, local leaders spoke about the importance of attracting technology […]