Event Report

Fuckup Nights The Hague #8

On Wednesday, 30-09-2020, we had our first Corona-proof Fuckup Nights The Hague event in Bleyenberg. Great to see what is possible within the given limits. Together with our partners Impact City and KREW, we had the opportunity to host 30 people that night.

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

For the first time, we hosted this event, having an all-women line-up. We kicked off with a short inspiring talk about fuckups and the importance of having an inclusive start-up ecosystem by our spiritual leader Arthur. Check out the short clip below for some quotes by our female founders.

Next, we had three diverse stories from the female speakers, all related to establishing their business and making an impact. They guided us through their journey of lessons learned using our 5f format (fail, facts, feelings, find & future).

First up was Beth Massa, an American transplant and the owner and founder of Ozarka. Her goal is to end plastic pollution in the food industry by replacing single-use, disposable food containers with circular, reusable containers.

Her talk was centered around the a-ha moment when she realized her competitors should be her customers. This moment let to an awakening with Ozarka that eventually brought angel investors. In short, Beth talked to about how Ozarka has thrived by being flexible.

Next up was Innah Wordsworth, a 35-year-old American woman raised in a very international environment in a Washington, D.C. suburb. She had various jobs, and her dream of traveling around Europe brought her to our beloved city of The Hague, initially as an Aupair.

Innah worked for large and small companies and learned a lot about life and following your dreams. She currently owns “Gather and Brunch,” an event and studio space for creatives. Innah learned the hard way that the customer is not always right. Some of her biggest fuckups have been bending over backward to cater to/get a client losing her vision and passion for business in the process.

The third speaker, Eugenie Simon, aims to help companies to grow. People call her a gamechanger, connector, and a bit stubborn. Her key focus is on strategy, profitability, and leadership.

According to Eugenie, entrepreneurship is one big Tinder challenge. It’s all about getting the perfect match between your clients, business partners, and, last but not least, YOU. So, let’s swipe businesswise! Eugenie encouraged us to slow DOWN first before starting up or scaling up.

What’s next? We will continue to host FUN nights in 2020 (if Corona doesn’t f* it up) with another edition coming up in November. Make sure to keep an eye out on our socials for our next official announcement.

We want to thank Bleyenberg, KREW, and the city of The Hague – Impact City, as well as all our other partners for making all this possible. Once again, not only for this event but also for all others that we could host throughout the year.

Finally, 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, we want to thank the audience for being so involved, as it makes it all worthwhile.

See you at FUN The Hague!

PS: Check out some photos below.


Written by: Tom Zonneveld (host FUN The Hague)
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Fuckup Format
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.
Fuckup Guidelines
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.

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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!