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FUN Cambridge - Celebrating failure - first edition

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Have you ever made a mistake in your professional life? Well then, you’re in good company! At FUN Cam we celebrate and examine failure in all its forms.

Please join us for the first ever FUN Cam event on Thursday, September 14th 2017 to hear successful social innovators bare their biggest blunders. The evening will be full of interesting talks, networking, drinks and of course, FUN . Get your ticket at Eventbrite:

The speakers for our first edition are:

  • Nick Sireau (Cambridge), a serial social entrepreneur, focusing on sustainable energy and health care. He was the founding CEO of SolarAid, which fights global poverty and climate change. Recently, he started a new charity, called the OCD Research Partnership, in order to focus on mental health. With more than 15 years experience in the non-profit sector, starting up new initiatives, Nick knows about the challenges of doing good.
  • Christiaan Maats (Amsterdam), an entrepreneur, educator and product- and concept developer. While finishing his master’s Integrated Product Design at the TU Delft, he developed the story of OAT : the world’s first biodegradable shoes that bloom. Plant them after they’re worn down and flowers will bloom from your old sneakers. He will tell the story of the blooming and undoing of OAT .
  • Belinda Bell (Cambridge), Program Director of Cambridge Social Ventures, an incubator that provides specialist support for social ventures. Belinda is a social entrepreneur herself having established a range of social ventures over the last decade including those focusing on finance, ageing and young people. She will tell how turning a blind eye once almost ruined a whole organisation.

Success stories of social ventures are popular and receive great press, but failure is also integral in this field. FUN Cam exists to facilitate and share failure stories of social enterprises and businesses located in the Cambridge area, with a focus on social innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs. #freethefailure #sharethefailure

What is a FUN ?

Fuckup Nights is a global movement born in Mexico in 2012 to publicly share business failure stories. In every Fuckup Night 3 or 4 speakers tell their failure story: What was the project? What went wrong? What did they learn? What would they do differently? Each speaker is given 7 minutes and is able to use 10 images. After each speaker, there’s a question/answer session, as well as time for networking (beers).” ~

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