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FORTUNE will again convene an exclusive group of early-stage technology entrepreneurs for an annual, intimate gathering in Deer Valley, Utah. Members of founding teams will come together to explore building for lasting impact, viability, and profitability; share best practices; and find new ways to connect, collaborate, learn, and uplift each other.

Topics of discussion may include: 

—The leadership issues founders should actually focus on

—How to navigate choppy economic waters and fundraise in today’s climate

—How to balance the need for fast growth with the expectation of profit

—The future of the IPO and M&A markets

—Where AI advancements fit into the picture

—How to nurture co-founder relationships

—How to mitigate burnout and prioritize mental health

—How to recruit (and retain) world-class talent

This year’s guest speakers and mentors include Lucy Guo, Founder and CEO of Passes and co-founder of ScaleAI; TJ Parker, partner at Matrix Partners and co-founder and former CEO of PillPack; Andy Dunn, CEO of Pie and co-founder of Bonobos; Heidi Roizen, partner at Threshold Ventures; and Marcus Ryu, partner at Battery Ventures.

The 2024 Founders Forum will take place concurrently with Brainstorm Tech, Fortune’s flagship annual summer tech gathering and one of the most high-profile and established tech conferences in the U.S. Fortune Founders Forum members will have full access to all events at Brainstorm Tech, including participation in plenary sessions, breakouts, meals, networking and a variety of highly curated social and outdoor activities.  

Please note that membership in the Fortune Founders Forum is very limited, and subject to approval. To apply to become a member and attend Fortune Brainstorm Tech in Park City, UT this summer, please complete this Form.

Agenda

* All items are in US/Mountain time. Click on the agenda items to find out more.
6:30 - 9:00 PM
OPENING NIGHT DINNER & NETWORKING

Hosted by Threshold

Our opening night dinner will serve as an introductory meeting for Founders Forum Members and will include networking and facilitated conversation.

Fortune Hosts:
Andrew Nusca, Editorial Director, Fortune Brainstorm,  Co-chair, Fortune Founders Forum
Polina Pompliano, Founder, The Profile; Co-chair, Fortune Founders Forum

Overview

What is the Fortune Founders Forum?

The Forum is an annual gathering of early-stage entrepreneurs and rising stars in business and technology. It is an extension of Fortune’s exclusive Brainstorm Tech community of visionary technology entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 executives, and investors and takes place concurrently with the annual Brainstorm Tech summit in Deer Valley, Utah.

Why the Fortune Founders Forum?
The Fortune Founders Forum was created for early-stage founders who are in the thick of it, heads down on building their businesses with an eye toward long-term profitability. We are looking for founders who are eager to learn—and to provide their own learnings—and to network with top tech leaders as well as other founders.

How can I join?
You can join the Fortune Founders Forum and attend Brainstorm Tech one of two ways:

  • Friends of Fortune can nominate select founders to join the Forum
  • A member of the founding team of a qualifying company can complete an application form here.

Who qualifies?
Members will represent a variety of industries and geographies, as well as racial/ethnic, age, and other demographic diversity. Please note that all nominees are subject to approval, and that substitutions, though possible, are discouraged, and subject to approval.

  • Applicants must be a member of the founding team of an early-stage company.  We urge the CEO to attend, but any founder—for instance, someone on the product or technical side—can represent their organization.
  • An applicant's company must be past series A or B funding, but not beyond (no post-C or D rounds please), and have been founded within the last five years.
  • Serial and first-time entrepreneurs are welcome to apply.

When will the Founder's Forum take place?
We expect and encourage that participants will attend the Brainstorm Tech conference, starting on the afternoon of July 13 and continuing through the morning of July 17. The 2024 Founders Forum will take place concurrently with Brainstorm Tech, beginning on Sunday April 14, and continuing through the close of the conference on July 17. You can see a full agenda here

What is the price to join the Fortune Founders Forum and attend Brainstorm Tech?
Fortune recognizes that the membership fee is a significant investment for early-stage organizations and is pleased to offer a discounted membership rate of $4,750 to Fortune Founders Forum participants. This will cover the complete Brainstorm Tech conference, the Founder's Forum activities, as well as invitations to select live and virtual Fortune events through 2024.

Click here for a full overview

How do I apply?
To apply to become a member and attend Fortune Brainstorm Tech in Park City, UT this summer, please complete this Form.

Co-chairs

Andrew Nusca

Co-Chair, Fortune Founders Forum, Editorial Director

Fortune Brainstorm Tech

Polina Pompliano

Co-chair, Fortune Founders Forum; Founder

The Profile

Venue

Just 36 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport and minutes from Old Town Park City, Montage Deer Valley is among the most easily accessible alpine escapes In Utah.

Contact Us

For Participation:

Fortune Founders Forum membership is by invitation only, and subject to approval. Registration is non-transferable and includes all member benefits through our 2024 in-person conference.
Tel: 1-866-661-3840
E-mail: brainstormtech@fortune.com

For Sponsorship Opportunities:

A limited number of corporate sponsorships are available. Please contact us for more information.
Elizabeth Parks and Monica Sembler
E-mail: fortunesponsorships@fortune.com

For Press Inquiries:

Patrick Reilly
Tel: 917-379-3555
E-mail: patrick.reilly@fortune.com