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What is the ticket price?
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Founder Summit registration is $1,595. Your registration includes meals and four full days of programming.

What is included in the tuition cost?
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Your Founder Summit registration includes access to all programming tracks, including on-site activities, workshops, panels, and special events from October 17 through 20. The price of admission also includes meals for the duration of your stay, beginning with dinner on Monday night and ending with breakfast on Thursday.

Can I bring my spouse, partner, or family?
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Absolutely. We’ve booked exclusive use of the retreat center, and there’s plenty to do on site. Features such as the lake, playgrounds, a child recreation center and child care make it a perfect trip for families. While nicely secluded, the venue is also just a stone’s throw from downtown Hendersonville in the event guests are interested in offsite activities.

If I choose to bring additional non-participating guests, what is the cost?
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Adult guest tickets are $350 each and include all meals and access to designated group events. Children ages 4-12 are $250 each and include meals, access to designated group events and activities, and childcare. Children ages 0-3 are welcome free of charge.

What is not included in my tuition?
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Lodging is not included in the tuition price, but we’ve secured a range of options that will fit any budget. We may also introduce some optional activities—offsite ziplining, for example—that would not be included and necessitate a separate enrollment fee. We’ll keep you posted on that. Finally, your tuition does not cover any purchases from the on-site store or alcoholic beverages (outside of special events where we’re furnishing them, that is).

What if I can’t stay for the entire week?
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We’d love for you to join us, even if you can’t make it out for the entire week. There will be plenty of founders to meet and activities for you to participate in from the moment you arrive that will make the experience worthwhile. While you’re free to arrive late or dip out early, just note that we’re not able to provide discounted tuition or lodging in the event you can’t make all the dates. Please notify us if you will be attending on an adjusted schedule.

What Covid precautions are in place?
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Given new variants and waning booster efficacy, Covid spread remains a concern. Fortunately, the majority of this year’s programming and activities will be taking place outdoors. Here are a few high level notes on this year’s Covid protocols:

  • All registrants will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test (taken within 48 hours of event start) at check-in.
  • Get Tested. To make things easy on you, rapid tests will be made available for onsite testing at check-in. We’ll also have tests available throughout the Summit, made available as necessary.
  • Get Boosted. The updated omicron-specific Covid boosters have been approved and will soon be widely available. We recommend scheduling your booster shot in advance of your Summit travel.
  • Space Out, Mask Up Indoors. The majority of our sessions and activities will be outdoors or in open air indoor/outdoor spaces. For indoor events, we’ll be focused on providing ample ventilation, gathering in places that provide capacity far beyond planned attendance for spacing, and recommending that folks wear masks when not consuming anything.

Lodging & Facilities

Where exactly is the event?
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The ultimate outdoor retreat, Kanuga is nestled on 1,400 peaceful and pristine acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Hendersonville, NC (about 40 minutes south of Asheville). Treasured by those who crave time in the great outdoors, it features a 30-acre lake for swimming, boating, paddle boarding and fishing, 20 miles of private hiking trails, playing fields, sport courts, and climbing walls, as well as plenty of rocking chairs and porch swings that are perfect for winding down after an action-packed day.

How does lodging work?
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Lodging can be booked at the time of registration, and lodging types are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. We’ve booked exclusive use of the retreat center, so no matter what your lodging type you’ll have access to all of the facilities and amenities available on site.

What type of accommodations are available?
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Private and shared cottages, camping, and a contemporary inn (for those who prefer hotel-style accommodations) are all available on site. You can find a full page worth of details here. No matter what lodging type you choose, you’ll have access to the entire campus’s range of indoor and outdoor gathering areas—so you can hit the gym or just find a quiet spot to work.

How’s the cell reception on site? The wifi?
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You won’t be off the grid. The cell reception is generally solid, and there’s strong wifi accessible throughout the property (with the exception of the campsites). If you’re aiming to get some serious work done, there are also several private nooks and a library in the central lodge.

Can the venue accommodate my accessibility needs?
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Yes. If you have questions on which lodging types meet your accessibility needs, please reach out. Otherwise please be sure to indicate any requirements you have during registration to help us place you in a room that meets your needs.

How will meals be served?
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All Founder Summit tickets include a meal plan, which begins with dinner on Monday night and ends with breakfast on Thursday. These Southern-style meals will be prepared with locally sourced produce and served buffet-style—but we're glad to accommodate preferences and dietary restrictions, which can be indicated on the registration form. We will also be featuring a local food truck option on-site each full day of the conference.

(Note that alcoholic beverages are only included at designated events, but will otherwise be available to purchase from the onsite bar.)

Travel Information

What airport do I fly into?
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The retreat center is 30 minutes from Asheville Regional Airport, 1 hour from the Greenville International Airport, and 2 hours away from Charlotte International Airport.

How do I get to the retreat center?
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Kanuga is located just south of Historic Downtown Hendersonville in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, easily accessible whether you are driving or flying.

Click here for specific directions on how to reach Kanuga.

Car rentals are available from the airport. Learn more here.

What if my plans change and I have to cancel? Can I get a refund?
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Founder Summit registrations are not refundable, but they are transferrable up until August 31st. As for lodging expenses, we’re glad to refund those up until July 31st—that way we have plenty of time to get your booking back into the hands of another attendee. If you’re facing circumstances that require special consideration, please reach out directly for assistance.

Meanwhile, rest assured that if some fresh global catastrophe were to impact our ability to produce the event, we would commit ourselves to keeping you updated and identifying a satisfactory resolution.

Should I get travel insurance?
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If the past couple of years are any indication—you may want to consider travel insurance to protect your investment. Many travel insurance options offer broad coverage, meaning whether you need to cancel or change plans due to family, work, or other circumstances, you’re covered.

Attendee Info

How should I pack? What’s the weather like that season in Asheville?
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Pack casual and comfy. Weather in October is typically a comfortable mid-60s during the day and cools down to the 40s or 50s during the evenings. We recommend layered clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and active wear if you plan on participating in any of the adventure activities. Having a jacket on hand wouldn’t hurt, especially if you’re used to warmer temps. The on-site lake is available for boating, paddleboarding, and swimming, and you should pack accordingly if you’d like to participate in those activities.

Also, all attendees will have the option of booking a complimentary headshot on-site. If you'd like to take advantage of that, you may also want to pack a photo-specific outfit.

What should my travel itinerary look like? When should I arrive?
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We recognize that Asheville is a regional airport, with limited arrival and departure times. The suggested timeframe below is intended to help you get the most out of your Summit experience.

Arrive by: 3 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2022
Depart after: 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2022

This window ensures that you’re on-site for the maximum amount of planned programming. Thursday’s off-site excursion is flexible in case you do need to dip out or skip it, but it’s worth being there for if possible. Ultimately, just consider the above as you find arrangements that work for you.

What exactly is the final day excursion all about? How should I prepare?
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Thursday morning we’ll check out of our venue and make our way to an awe-inspiring summit for leaf-peeping of epic proportions. It’s scheduled for about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it does include options for accessible viewing and experiences. It will be plus one and family-friendly.

After wrapping up, we’ll head back into town for food and drinks overlooking the river. You’re welcome to join for some or all of Thursday’s excursion. It will take place about 35-minutes from the Asheville airport, and we’ve chartered a shuttle that will accommodate those without other means of travel. However, please note that we highly recommend renting a car or carpooling with others, especially if you have specific travel needs or Thursday flights. Attendees can access a ride share document from within our private Slack to coordinate with other campers.

If there are a sufficient number of guests with travel plans out of the Asheville airport on Thursday evening, we may be able to work with the charter to coordinate an end-of-day drop off (around 5 p.m.). Luggage can be stored on the bus during the excursion for those that need.

Is transportation included?
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Transportation to and from the airport is not included. Most activities will be on-site and we will have a small shuttle to help supplement transport for any Summit-organized off-sites planned. (Example: We’ll likely be running a shuttle on Wednesday for those interesting in a waterfall hike at Dupont State Forest.) Our shuttle capacity will be extremely limited on Wednesday, so (especially those of you traveling with guests or children) please plan to make your own way to our destination.

We strongly recommend booking a rental car, as Uber and Lyft are not as widely available as in major cities—and depending on which airport you’re coming into, two Uber rides may cost as much as a four-day rental car. Consider splitting a rental with other founders. As a reminder, we’ve set up a ride share doc to coordinate with other campers, which you’ll find in the private Slack group.

What does the check-in process look like?
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On-site check-in and registration will officially begin at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 17th. For those already in town, join us for an informal pre-event hangout at Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant when they open at 11 am. It’s just minutes from the airport.

You’ll check in with the Founder Summit team for the conference before being handed off to the venue for lodging assignments.

What options are available if I want to extend my trip?
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Asheville and the greater Western North Carolina region are magical. We can’t recommend strongly enough that you make the most of your visit and book an extra day or two to spend some time in Asheville proper.  We’ve pulled together some spots that have offered Founder Summit registrants a discount in and around Asheville, which you can find here.

If you are planning on extending your trip, be sure to check out our Locals Guide to Asheville coordinated by very own Western North Carolina based team members.

Can I add plus-ones or children after I’ve registered?
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Yes. If you plan to add a guest to your registration or if you have not yet adding your lodging selection, you'll need to create an account so that you can return to update your registration. You should have received a link via email to claim access to your registration. If you did not receive that email, you can register online here.

Click on “Claim my Account” on the left side of the page. You will then receive a link via email to claim access to your registration. Be sure to use the same email address you registered with.

What does childcare look like?
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We'll have childcare available for children 2 and older during the primary programming hours (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) each full day of the Summit. We're also working to add supplemental care in the afternoon, to cover optional tracks, but the availability and hours are still being finalized.

Children are welcome to join for all meals, mid-day activities, and free time. We're also developing a "child/family friendly track" of activities including bubble and chalk stations, board game night, and movie night. There is a lot to do, even for kids, on site—but given the specific hours of childcare availability, supervisory support from a family member or spouse is encouraged when possible.


Why do I have to apply to attend?
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With Founder Summit we created the sort of event that we always wished existed—a low pressure space, exclusively for founders to meet, hang out, and knowledge share. Maintaining that vibe is only possible if we keep it founders-only. The application helps us get to know you and make sure you’re actually a founder.

What is the application review criteria?
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Every application is reviewed by a real human on our team—hi!—and we’re looking for three main things.

  1. You’re a founder (rather than, say, a business development rep for a massive company).
  2. You’re in a good position to get value out of attending. While we’re not prescriptive about where exactly you should be in your founders journey, we may not extend an invitation to an exited founder that now runs a private equity firm or an individual that is pre-idea stage. The more concrete and current your work, the better. Likewise, while Founder Summit is not exclusively for software founders, be advised that some of the programming will definitely lean towards tech-enabled founders.
  3. We’re serious about the “friendly” bit. If upon review of your application it’s apparent that you’re a real jerk on the internet, we won’t be extending an invite. Check out our code of conduct for details.
Can I bring my team?
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To make space for as many founders as possible we're keeping Founder Summit founders-only. Co-founders are welcome too, of course, and if anyone on your team is a founder in their own right, please have them apply as well.

What are the rules? Can I pitch other founders on my product?
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We fully expect founders to have candid conversations about their journeys and products, but we're also cultivating a “no sales pitch” environment. That is, we expect attendees to avoid opportunistic, transactional, and superficial pitches of their product in favor of meaningful and constructive conversations about their companies. This is, after all, a conference of your peers.

Beyond that, we expect attendees to be kind, collaborative, and respectful. We also expect attendees to refrain from behavior or speech that is (or could be interpreted or received as) inappropriate. For a deep dive on what that includes, you can refer to our Founder Summit Code of Conduct.