December 21, 2022

Failure Friday, everyone fails, but not everyone gets to share it!

Failure Friday is an event series that brings together the ambitious, forward thinking change-makers from both Antler and Techspace communities.

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Failure Friday, everyone fails, but not everyone gets to share it!

What is Failure Friday?

A place to celebrate Failure! Rather than fear it...

Today, wherever we look, perfection is impressed upon us, and with it an undercurrent of pressure for every one of us to 'be our best selves'. At all times...

But of course, this isn't how the world works. And more importantly, it creates an expectation that failure is something to be ashamed of. And that's something that the folks over at Antler (a global early-stage VC enabling exceptional founders to start great companies) and Techspace fundamentally disagree with.

So we decided to launch our own event series to sway the balance.

Full disclosure, this initiative has been successful many times over, most notably by Digital Brighton, a conference for the creative industries, where it was labelled Church of Fail. As Darren Murphy (Associate Director at Antler) neatly put it, "It was a space to share, and talk about the things they messed up and the lessons they learned along the way".

So here it is, alongside Antler, we launched Failure Friday to shine a light on mistakes and celebrate failures. Bringing together our respective forward-thinking communities to share their failures on stage, to a live audience!

Progress is not inevitable —the world needs talented, determined, and resilient people to make it happen. Failure is part of that. 

A little taster from our 1st event!

In our very first event, Charles Armitage, CEO @ Florence (the HealthTech startup revolutionising social care staffing) and Lara Stallbaum, Co-Founder & CPO @ Twirl (the startup helping brands transform their eCommerce to be video-first) shared their failures openly to a live audience of 75 bright-eyed Techspace and Antler members. Presentations were then followed by a Q&A and a networking with drinks and Pizza!   

If you didn’t get a chance to attend, check out our recording below (or via the link to our YouTube channel).

About Antler: Antler is a global early-stage VC firm investing in the world’s most exceptional people and the defining companies of tomorrow. Everyone at Antler is passionate about supporting extraordinary people to improve the world. We've been investing in outstanding people since 2018 and in the UK since 2019. We've grown a substantial network and reputation in that time to give our founders an unfair advantage when building their businesses.

About Techspace: Techspace is the space where innovative and ambitious tech companies thrive. With locations in the heart of Europe's tech hubs and 3500+ members, we dedicate our energy to serving creative and ambitious tech companies and nourishing the change-makers of tomorrow.

The space, The Loading Bay

The series takes place at The Loading Bay, Techspace Shoreditch’s event space. 

With its open plan 2,000 sq ft layout and adjacent mezzanine, our dry hire space is able to accommodate up to 100 people seated and 250 standing. 

The flexible nature of the space makes it ideal for a range of event types, including; workshops, product launches, team days, networking events and conferences/talks like Failure Friday. 

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