Fail Forward #3

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At Impact Hub we believe that failure and experimentation are essential to developing innovative businesses that make real impact. So for our popular Fail Forward event we invited three impact entrepreneurs to share stories about their challenges, experiments, blunders and, of course, what they learned along the way. Get inspired by our speakers and learn how to follow your dreams and overcome your least successful experiences!


> Silvia ten Houten, founder of GoodHout

Silvia founded GoodHout BV (Dutch for “Good Wood”), a startup looking to change the world of wood and composites through developing a bio-composite made from coconut husk waste. When she started her enterprise, managing all aspects of the business as the sole founder was sometimes overwhelming. Silvia will be sharing her journey of learning to let go, looking for a co-founder, and ultimately assembling a strong team of people who share her passion and commitment.

> Arno Kooy, co founder of De Prael

Combining Arno’s psychiatric work experience with his passion for brewing, De Prael is the first Dutch brewery to help people excluded from the job market learn a new trade. The brewery started out as De Parel (Dutch for “pearl”), only for Arno and his team to soon find out that this name had been copyrighted. So they had to rename the company, redesign its logo and reprint all promo materials. But their playful new name – an anagram of the original – worked out: after two branches in Amsterdam, De Prael is franchising to The Hague, Utrecht and Groningen. Arno will talk about overcoming obstacles and why their new name perfectly fits their mission.

> Michel Visser, founder of Konnektid

Michel is here to ‘share the fail’ and his invaluable lessons from building sharing marketplace Konnektid. Created on the premise that the skills and knowledge people need can be found their own neighbourhoods, this platform connected users to local experts and professional teachers located nearby. All that Konnektid’s users had to do in return is share their own skills and talents with the rest of the community.

19:30 Registration & drinks
20:00 Speakers & Q&A
21:30 Drinks

The evening will be moderated by Ilse Kwaaitaal, our Scouting Lead and Business Model Challenge Manager.