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OSU Entrepreneurship introduces ‘Fail Up Night’ promoting discussion about failure

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University is turning the tables on failure and opening the discussion for understanding with Fail Up Night on April 26.

Fail Up Night is the latest program from the Riata Center, designed to encourage a conversation aimed at removing the negative stigma of failure. Seasoned entrepreneurs share their “failure” stories with students and encourage them to understand that trials are an opportunity to learn and grow.

“We wanted to find a way to remove the negative stigma about the word ‘failure’ and get the conversation going because it’s a normal everyday occurrence for entrepreneurs,” said Alexces Bartley, manager of outreach programs for the Riata Center. “Understand and accept that mishaps are going to happen when you are starting a business or trying something new. Entrepreneurs need to learn how to fail fast. It’s trial and error, and a lot of the times failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but an opportunity to try something different. You learn and grow from it, and you will become a better entrepreneur for it.”

The meeting is open to OSU students and the public and will take place 5:30-7:00 p.m. April 26 at the new Riata Center Downtown Stillwater location, 619 S. Main St. Russ Teubner, CEO of Hostbridge Technology, and Scott Taylor, owner and creative director of ColorPop!, will share tips and tricks for navigating failure and how to cultivate failure to improve. Attendees are also encouraged to share their experiences in the open-forum discussion.

For more information about Fail Up Night and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, visit or call 405-744-7552.

View the brochure here.

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