'Fail2Succeed' Campaign Launch

Entrepreneurship +
Belgium, Brussels, 1050, European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Room 6Q1
Wednesday, December 18 2013 / 10:00

On 18 December 2013, the Centre for European Studies (CES) in cooperation with ThinkYoung hosted a conference entitled ‘Fail2Suceed: Overcoming the Stigma of Failure’ at the European Parliament in Brussels. Alessandro Niccolò Tirapani, Head of Research at ThinkYoung, presented the preliminary results of the research conducted for the Fail2Succeed campaign which is an initiative aimed at reducing the negative stigma surrounding entrepreneurial failure within Europe, both socially and financially. The details of the campaign were introduced by Andrea Gerosa, Chief Thinker & founder of ThinkYoung, and Tomi Huhtanen, Director of CES. They highlighted that the campaign is producing a pan-European survey which is the first of its kind to find out what young Europeans perceptions towards failure are. This research has gone hand in hand with an audio-visual documentary, following the lives of young Europeans who have started a business, failed and restarted, learning from their previous mistakes. The following panel discussions featured comments by Pablo Zalba Bidegain, MEP, Sidonia Elżbieta Jedrzejewska, MEP, Kostantinos Kyranakis, President of YEPP, Siegfried Muresan, Political Adviser on Economic and Social Policy, EPP, Simone Baldassarri, DG Enterprise and Industry, EC, Mihaela Carpus-Carcea, Legislative Officer, DG Justice, EC, and Michael Meissner, Vice President Corporate Affairs Europe, Amway. They tackled a broad range of issues, such as young Europeans' perceptions towards failure, ways of youth entrepreneurship to reduce unemployment, as well as ideas for harmonising bankruptcy legislation in the European Union.