We’re excited to announce the four brave speakers who will be sharing their stories at next week’s Social Venture Failure Wake! Come out and join us in raising a glass to the efforts of those that took a chance to solve a meaningful challenge.

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June 3rd
 – Backstage Lounge, Granville Island, 1585 Johnston St
Doors at 6pm, event starts at 6:30pm – Advance tickets by June 3rd, 3pm: $15 / $20 at the door
Your ticket includes your first drink

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Jeremy Bell – Wattage
Jeremy was previously the CEO and co-founder of Wattage, a failed hardware startup that aimed to make custom electronics accessible to everyone. Prior to that, he was a Partner at Teehan+Lax, a design consultancy in Toronto that worked with clients such as Medium, Google, Bell Canada, and LG.

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Myriam Steinberg – In The House Festival
Myriam was the brains and the brawn of the In The House Festival. For 11 years, she brought live performances of all kinds into people’s living rooms and backyards. Her passion for the arts in all its facets came through in the eclectic programming that could always be found both at the festival and in the year-round shows which, including haunted houses, dinner theatre shows, a monthly performance series and many community collaborations. She believes that it is very important to not only expose the vast and varied talents of Vancouver, but also to create and foster community while exposing that talent. This year, she was nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her work with “In the House.”

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Thomas Kineshanko – Gridbid.com
Tom Kineshanko is a Canadian entrepreneur who uses technology to make the planet healthier. Tom founded Habitat Enterprises (a carbon reduction firm, partially acquired by Canada’s first publicly traded venture fund GreenAngel Energy), Gridbid.com (the world’s first roof auction for solar energy), Walkmore (an alternative credit scoring solution that allowed banks and insurance companies to reward their customers for healthy behaviour, acquired in 2014 by GTE Financial), and Klinch.co. Tom is a graduate of Simon Fraser University, the National University of Singapore, and Singularity University.

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Mary Macintyre – Little Nest
Mary Macintyre is the former owner of Little Nest, a parent friendly Cafe that opened it’s doors in 2007 and closed them in 2014. Prior to starting her own business  Mary had worked in the restaurant industry for fifteen years. She worked in fine dining restaurants in Australia, the UK and in Vancouver at Lumiere. After taking a few years off to have kids she chose to re enter the workforce by starting a business of her own. As a parent she felt Vancouver was sorely lacking a good, independent child friendly Eatery. So she built one herself. Since Little Nest closed in 2014 Mary has worked as Enterprise Manager of JustCatering, a non profit catering company that provides meaningful employment to people with barriers to work.

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Join us in celebrating these bold entrepreneurs!
In entrepreneurship, failure is the fertile soil in which new ventures grow. It’s the training ground for your next venture. It’s the master class in the school of entrepreneurship. And building from it lets the phoenix rise from the ashes. This event has been created to celebrate those that made audacious attempts, and to release their entrepreneurial spirit back into the community.
The evening will feature short stories of failure from brave entrepreneurs and an Irish Wake style celebration to help put these stories firmly behind them.
Check out more of last year’s photos and get your tickets! (Advance ticket sales close June 3rd at 3pm.)

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