Fail Fest Arrives in Wabash Valley

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Launch Terre Haute is located in the 100-year-old Deming Building. Launch Terre Haute is located in the 100-year-old Deming Building.

Wabash Valley's tech and entrepreneurship sector will be in the spotlight today as an event focusing on the role of failure in success expands its footprint. Launch Terre Haute will host Fail fest today, Launch Fishers Executive Director John Wechsler, who created Fail Fest in 2014, says the event is part of an ongoing effort to "engage the entire entrepreneurial community in a range of events." Fail Fest Wabash Valley will feature more than one dozen speakers aiming to change the perception of failure in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

During an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Launch Terre Haute Executive Director Shelley Klingerman said she believes the event will be appealing to the region's large population of college students. She says a main goal of Fail Fest Wabash Valley is "to inspire student talent and keep them engaged in the momentum Terre Haute has built in nurturing the entrepreneurial ecosystem."

Launch Fishers has attracted capacity crowds for Fail Fest over the last three years. He says, while the name "raises an eyebrow at first," a focus on failure can help entrepreneurs create opportunities to be successful.

Launch Terre Haute is located in the 100-year-old Deming Building, which recently underwent $6 million in renovations. Klingerman says the coworking space is on track with its growth plans, having attracted around 60 members so far. The building also includes commercial retail space and more than 100 apartment units. Launch Fishers boasts more than 600 members and features more than a dozen office suites, nearly 20 meeting rooms a theater and a coffee shop.

Other coworking spaces opened last year in Kokomo, Westfield and at the WestGate@Crane Technology Park.

You can see a full list of Fail Fest Wabash Valley speakers by clicking here.

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