TERRE HAUTE - The organizer of the third Terre Haute Fail Fest says the event offers an opportunity to urge entrepreneurs and innovators to "go for it" and accept that failure is part of the process. Shelley Klingerman, who is also executive director of Launch Terre Haute, says the message at Wednesday's day-long gathering will be particularly important in the Wabash Valley, which is home to a high number of college students at schools like Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College. Inside INdiana Business host and Grow Indiana Media Ventures LLC President Gerry Dick delivered opening remarks.

"It's funny, because the speakers who are most vulnerable get the highest marks," Klingerman said during an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick. "People really like to make that connection. Like, 'if they got passed it, I can get passed it.'"

The lineup includes:

  • Brad Niemeier, owner and founder of Azzip Pizza
  • Brian Vanden Broucke, career entrepreneur
  • Brigadier General Jeffrey Hauser director of unmanned systems at Indiana State University's Department of Aviation Technology
  • Danielle McDowell, startup founder "with a successful start and exit"
  • Ellie Symes, Chief Executive Officer of Bloomington-based The Bee Corp,
  • Garrett Mintz, founder and CEO of Ambition In Motion
  • John Qualls, president of Eleven Fifty Academy
  • Lonnie Bedwell, military veteran, author, adventure athlete and motivational speaker who is blind
  • Ross David, singer-songwriter and recording artist
  • Stephanie Corliss, Indianapolis-based SnapShyft Operations, Accounting, Finance and HR "taskmaster"
  • Suzanne Jaworowski, Senior Advisor in the U.S. Office of Nuclear Energy

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