Monday, November 163:00pm–5:00pm

Failure is not something to be ashamed by. Failure is inevitable and sometimes an important part of becoming successful entrepreneurs. Without it, how would we learn?

In this off-the-cuff, unfiltered and unapologetic event, we’ll hear from a variety of speakers about their past failure(s) and what they’ve learned along the way. Sometimes it takes a lot of failed attempts before you get to that one-in-a-million idea that will launch you to success.

Come together, grab a snack and laugh, commiserate and learn with fellow entrepreneurs and find out how their failures made them who they are today.


  • 3:00 - 3:00 PM | Registration & Networking
  • 3:30 - 3:40 PM | Opening Remarks - Ian Gallagher, Regional Director, Marketing at Comcast Business
  • 3:40 - 5:00 PM | Speaker Presentations

Speaker Presentations

  • "Partnership Breakups & Company Implosions" Paul McConnell, McConnell Development, Inc.
  • "We have 5 tickets sold and that includes the band, now what?" with Gayle Dillman, Creator, Gable Music Ventures
  • "The most important data that didn't matter." with Mac Nagaswami, Carvertise
  • "If you're winning but not failing, you're not really winning" with Katie O'Hara, Katie O'Hara Design
  • "Get it in writing" with Laura Kraman, E-volve Fitness Studio
  • "Move fast and break things, just not yourself" with Micah Sklut, previously
  • "Partner's (not Murphy's) Law" with Michael Barrick, Founder, Board Director

Check out our Baltimore Innovation Week #Failfest Recap for more info on the format of the event.

This event is a part of Delaware Innovation Week's Business Conference Day. Check out the full list of Business Conference events.

Parking is available at:

  • Government Center Garage (South East Corner of 9th & French Streets) Hours 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • HyPark Garage (903 N Shipley Street) Hours 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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