Event Report

Fuckup Nights The Hague #4

On Tuesday 28-05-2019 we had yet another edition of FuckUp Nights The Hague. Although we had to deal with a strike in public transport, we ended up with the venue being completely packed, with up to 80 people attending the event. We are very proud of everybody who helped making this event such a success. A big thanks to our crowd and all the partners for putting their trust in us. Curious to learn what stood out during this event? We will tell you all about it!

-As for the protection of our speakers, we will not publish any insights shared or questions answered regarding their presentations. If you’re really curious to know what to expect or learn from our speakers, make sure to attend one of our events-

Once again we kicked off this event with an inspiring talk of Arthur van de Graaf, our co-host. This time he spoke about how to prevent being too busy with striving for perfection, and about focusing on enjoying the ride or journey of your business (project). If you want some personal advice regarding your business or if you’re curious to find out which lessons Arthur shared, you can always contact him for a talk, or book a 30 min session via Start Lean Funding.

Next we had four very different, but interesting speakers lined up, ready to share their biggest fuckups in personal and/or business life with us. They guided us through their journey of lessons learned using a tight format called Pecha Kucha (20 slides of 20 seconds, 6.40 minutes). Afterwards there was plenty of time for a good Q&A session.

Our audience once again consisted out of students, entrepreneurs, freelancers, innovators and facilitators. But this time we were really amazed by the fact that up to 90% was consisting out of non-Dutchies. We always strive for an international orientated audience, but a percentage this high has not happened before. We really liked the international vibe!

First up was Ines Gaston, a clinical psychologist. She coaches the brave and the unconventional so they can grow businesses in a sustainable way. Ines went from a corporate badass that lost sense of who she really was, towards a solopreneur that works location independent. Her 2 year journey of recovery gave birth to her blooming business… teaching others about resilience.

She shared a story on what she has learned from failing herself to teaching others how to become unstoppable. Feel free to reach out to Ines if you’re interested in working on your confidence and energy, things that for sure will grow when you’re working with her.

Second we had Jim Bowes, a recovering entrepreneurial junkie who overdosed on the thrill of quick success and the lure of fame and fortune. This ultimately drove his million euro business over a cliff and into the dirt. Once the dust had settled, Jim discovered that his fuck up was perhaps the best thing that could have happened and may have even saved his life.

One thing was for sure with Jim, his energy and enthusiasm blew us away.

After the break we had Viktória Pikovská on the stage. She is the founder of Victory Art and former artist as well. She grew up in Slovakia and dealt with some serious experiences within the art market. Viktoria shared a bit of a personal story. The only thing we can tell you is: ‘be very sure who you are dealing with, and make sure it’s legal’.

She’s now on a mission to create opportunities for undervalued artists from Central and Eastern Europe, showing to the world how talented they are! Check out her website if you have gotten curious.

The final speaker was David Horvath, who has set up Amaze Escape Events and provided us with one of the first escape rooms of the country. He kicked off the concept almost 6 years ago in The Hague. David also introduced the very first VR Escape Room to the Netherlands with Amaze VR.

Dealing with new concepts and projects brings much positivity and energy to David, but there has also been a fair share of blunders. David pointed out one of his early failures (which is still haunting him from time to time), and shared which lessons he has taken away from it. Feel free to reach out to David!

After each speaker and the Q&A sessions, we ended the official program with our open stage. We had up to 4 people stepping forward to share some of their personal and/or business related fuckups. We really appreciate the openness and enthusiasm everybody showed!

What’s next? We will continue to host this event the rest of 2019 with at least two more community events, one in September and one in November. Make sure to keep an eye out on our socials for more information.

We want to thank the Student Hotel, the city of The Hague – Impact City, Aquarius and all our other partners for making all this possible. We also want to thank our speakers for sharing their (personal) difficulties and being so open with us. We learned so much from them. And of course, a big thanks goes out to the audience for their company, insightful questions and the great vibe everybody gave to this evening. You guys make it all worth our while.

See you at FUN The Hague!

PS: Make sure to check out some of the photos below.

Cheers!

Written by: Tom Zonneveld (host FUN The Hague)
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We strive to deliver an informal pitch & networking event for an international orientated audience. The official program will run approximately 2 hours. Each of the at least 4 stories about business or project failures lasting 6:40 minutes (Pecha Kucha style). After every presentation there will be a 10 up to 15 minutes moderated Q&A.
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During the presentation we ask the speaker to use the following 4F guideline:

Fail: What happened.
Facts: Project details
Feelings: Emotional experience.
Find: Learning outcome.

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At Tuesday 11-12-2018 we had yet another edition of FuckUp Nights The Hague. The event was completely sold out, with over 70 people attending. We are very proud at everybody who helped making this event such a success. A big thanks to you for putting your trust in us. During this last event, a couple of things really stood out.

-As for the protection of our speakers, we will not publish any insights shared or questions answered regarding their presentations. If you’re really curious to know what to expect or learn from our speakers, make sure to attend one of our events-

First of all, we had Arthur van de Graaf kicking off this event with a short, but inspirational talk. Arthur is the founder of the Start Lean Funding method and co-host of Fuckup Nights The Hague. This method helps (starting) entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and/or initiatives in the most fitting manner, so they will not have to give away stakes or lose control over their enterprise, but focus on landing their (first) paying customers. This time he talked about getting ready for a launch. If you want to know which lessons Arthur shared, you can always contact him for a talk or book a 30 min session via Start Lean Funding.

Next we had four very interesting and powerful speakers lined up, ready to share their biggest fuckup with us. They guided us through their journey of lessons learned using a tight format called Pecha Kucha (20 slides of 20 seconds, 6.40 minutes). Afterwards there was some time for Q&A. Last time we asked around who’s in the audience and we found out that besides entrepreneurs, freelancers, innovators and facilitators, there were a lot of students in the audience. So, especially for the students, we managed to arrange a student-entrepreneur speaking.

First up was Niels den Daas. He ended up empty handed after building a successful startup for more than four years. He told us how this happened, what painful lessons he learned out of this experience and how you could prevent making them. Curious to know how? Maybe he will tell you himself.

The second speaker was Martina Guzman. She learned the hard way that not knowing when to stop can break you down. basically she told us how important it is that you listen to yourself and learn when to let go.

The third speaker, Jerry Delemarre, firmly believes that having a mental breakdown was the best thing ever happened to him. You might not believe him, but he explained to us how the quality of his life actually improved after it all first went down rock bottom.

The last, but definitely not the least speaker of the night was Gamin Bao. She decided to register at the KvK while being in an internship. She announced this new step in her career, but was immediately requested to take down 75% of her portfolio, or else she would end up being sued. What she did? Act out of love instead out of fear.

After each speaker, there was time for questions. This is when we noticed you guys need a bit more time. Honestly, we expected the audience would ask 2-5 questions to every speaker, but we ended up with you guys asking 6-10 questions. We are very excited about your enthusiasm, so now there will be a timeslot of 20 minutes for every speaker. This will contain 6,40 minutes for the presentation and 10-15 minutes for questions.

We will continue to host this event in 2019 with at least four community events at the beautiful venue of The Student Hotel called the Winter Garden. We want to thank the Student Hotel and the city of The HagueImpact City for making all this possible. We also want to thank our speakers for sharing their (personal) difficulties and being so open with us. We learn so much from them. And of course a big thanks to the audience for their company, insightful questions and the great vibe you give to this evenings. You guys make it all worth our while.

See you at FUN The Hague!

Cheers!