For the past five years, the Tom Tom Founders Festival has brought a week packed full of art, music, and innovation to Charlottesville. The festival brings the community together in celebration of creativity, and the Founders Summit draws some of Charlottesville’s and the nation’s leading visionaries to the Paramount Theater. On a sunny Friday, community members and University students alike gathered at the historic downtown theater to hear stories from successful founders and innovators. Keynote speakers included a 35 time World Skateboarding Champion, the man who discovered Katy Perry, and the designer of Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood costumes, among others. Tom Tom’s Founders Summit runs over with inspiration, insight, and innovation every year, and this year was no different.
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