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Eff Up Fridays
Fri, 16 December 2016, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST
Ever feel like you are doing everything wrong while everyone else has got it right? That's where F#ck Up Fridays come in. It allows entrepreneurs share their stories of where they "f#cked up" and what they learned from it.
Everyone gets to share their stories and swap ideas. Once a month will feature a different keynote speaker and then open discussions. Meet with others and remind yourself you aren’t a F#ck Up.
Breakfast will start at 8am with time for networking, then Keynote starts at 8:30!
This month's Keynote Speaker is Lorenzo Somma
Lorenzo Somma serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Industry Education Council of Hamilton, where he has worked to develop and implement the M.I.G.H.T.Y. Entrepreneurship Program. M.I.G.H.T.Y.’s continuing mission is the demonstration of entrepreneurship as a viable career option to the high school youth of Hamilton.
From volunteering in the Welcome Inn Community Centre’s BizPlan program, to Business Councillor in the YWCA BizSmartz Program, and presently as Entrepreneur in Residence at the IEC of Hamilton, Lorenzo has “kept his axe sharp” in entrepreneurship through motivating it in others to follow their dreams. He has done this on both a one on one basis as a start-up motivator and by designing and facilitating entrepreneurial curriculums in a class room setting. Lesson number one for everyone Lorenzo works with is the best way to learn is to try.
In April of 2008 Lorenzo co-founded and opened Pownz Gaming Centre inc, a video game community oriented venue in Hamilton’s International Village. In the corporate position of Chief of Operations Officer, Lorenzo (or “Razing.Zozo” as he was known at Pownz”) lead his team to develop a business that took “gamification” to a whole new level: literally. Once heralded as the #1 Place to Take Your Kids and Best Place to Play Video Games in Hamilton, Pownz’s mantra was “At Home, It’s Just Practice”. Having established a culture that placed experience first, Pownz built an environment where all members felt safe to be themselves, where their passion for video games was felt and expressed by all.
As is the way many such tales end, Pownz Gaming Centre at 307 King St East, closed its doors in August of 2010. In the time Pownz was open, it touched the lives of many of Hamilton’s video game community, many of whom are friends to this day. The experiences gained at Pownz opened Lorenzo to the possibilities entrepreneurship bring into our lives to: inspire us to act on our dreams; gain the resilience to stumble and fail; and the confidence to rise and prevail."