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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Friday, April 13 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Founding Stories - PURPOSE: Founding for Impact Now Open

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Keynote: Founding Stories


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Are tech and business healing our world or exploiting it? These founders have found a way to combine the scale and ingenuity of private enterprise with social good. Learn how they have built strategies that recognize the two as mutually reinforcing.

Tom Tom Founding Stories is a day of inspiration and learning with entrepreneurs who have revolutionized industries and enriched our world. Learn how these ordinary people have harnessed grit, creativity, vision, and purpose to build extraordinary ventures, touching tens of thousands of lives. Each session begins with a series of talks, followed by unscripted dialogue and audience questions.

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Mark Brzezinski

Ambassador (ret.), Makena Capital
Ambassador (ret.) Mark Brzezinski is a Managing Director at Makena Capital Management, where he leads Makena’s sustainability efforts. Prior to joining Makena, Mark served as the first Executive Director of the White House's Arctic Executive Steering Committee and as the United... Read More →

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Zac Bookman

CEO and Co-Founder, OpenGov
Zac Bookman co-founded OpenGov in 2013. Today over 1,800 public agencies in 48 states leverage the platform to achieve better budgeting, improved performance, and comprehensive transparency.  Before co-founding OpenGov, Zac served as Advisor to U.S. Army General H.R. McMaster on... Read More →
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Renee Diresta

Data for Democracy, Head of Policy
DiResta is a founding advisor to the Center for Humane Technology, Head of Policy at Data for Democracy, and an advocate for vaccination in California. She is a cofounder of Haven, a private marketplace for booking ocean freight shipments. Previously, Renee was a principal at seed-stage... Read More →

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Eric Martin

Director, Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Virginia
Eric Martin’s twenty-five-year career includes successful operating experience as a Chief Executive (Software, Consumer Products & Services, Professional Services), Strategist (Global Consultancy Partner), Entrepreneur, Change Agent (Business Transformation, Turnarounds, and Start-Ups... Read More →
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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →

Friday April 13, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
The Paramount Theater
  Entrepreneurship & Investment, Summit