FailFest Returns for 3rd Year

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FailFest Returns for a Third Year

Award-winning Event Celebrates Failure’s Role in Innovation

Fishers, Ind. (June 28, 2016) – Launch Fishers announced today their popular FailFest will return for a third year. The one-day conference, celebrating failure’s role in innovation, will be held at Fishers High School on Thursday July 28th from 9AM to 5PM.

In 2015, Launch Fishers received recognition from the International Economic Development Council for FailFest and the supportive role the event plays in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship. In an effort to integrate the event more deeply with the local innovation ecosystem, the event is being held at Fishers High School using the 900-seat performing arts theater and other rooms for breakout sessions.

“Our partnership with HSE Schools gives us a larger footprint for FailFest 2016 and a partner with a strong interest in sharing entrepreneurship and innovation education opportunities with the next generation,” said John Wechsler, Founder and CEO of Launch Fishers. “We think we will see more teachers and students this year as a result of this partnership.”

Building on the success of previous events, FailFest 2016 includes a wide-range of speakers including a two-time Super Bowl Champion, an ExactTarget Co-founder & the ground-breaking entertainment lawyer who represented the Goldman family in their pursuit of justice against O.J. Simpson.

This year’s list of speakers includes: Chris Baggott, Founder of Tyner Pond Farm; Kim Brand, President of 1st Maker Space, LLC; Lori Danielson, President and Owner of Lori Danielson Consulting; Brandon Gorin, 2X Super Bowl Champion & Area Representative of Marco's Pizza; Matt Hunckler Founder and CEO of Verge; Jared Ingold Owner of Vardagen; Robert McDonald Co-Founder of Brandery; Oscar Moralez Managing Director of VisionTech Partners & VisionTech Angels; Polina Osherov Editor in Chief of Pattern Magazine; Kris Parmelee Co- Founder and CEO of Lectio; Jonathan Polak Partner of Taft Law; John Qualls President of Eleven Fifty Academy; Teresa Sabatine Head Wish Granter of Tiny Little Robots; and, Anderson Schoenrock CEO of Memory Ventures. More speakers will be announced soon.

Early bird ticket pricing is available now at $69.00. Advance sale general admission tickets will be $99.00 and at-the-door sales will be $129.00. Tickets are now available at FailFest is produced & presented by Launch Fishers and sponsored by Elevate Ventures, Nameless Catering, Duke Energy, The City of Fishers, Invest Hamilton County, Visit Hamilton County, Indiana University, Barnes & Thornburg, Metonymy Media, Fight for Small, Iconic Digital Agency, and Inside Indiana Business.

About Launch Fishers

Launch Fishers is a 52,000 square foot launch pad for high-potential enterprises located in Fishers, Indiana. Created by John Wechsler in conjunction with the City of Fishers in 2012, Launch Fishers has grown to over 600 members in a wide array of industries and ranging from startup to expansion-stage companies. Launch Fishers increasingly serves as host for many statewide entrepreneurial support initiatives including Launch Indiana and The Indiana Coworking Passport. More at

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