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FUN Atlanta Is Hustlin’ For Good This Holiday Season

by Angela King

Supporting Failure in Atlanta… the FUN Way!

FuckUp Nights (FUN), a global movement born to share business failure stories, is closing out 2017 with some FUN, Food, and a fundraiser. Since its inception here in Atlanta, hundreds of people have come out to each event to hear entrepreneurs, innovators, and community leaders share their story. Each storyteller is given seven minutes to tell their tale and reveal lessons learned. After each speaker, there’s a Q&A session and time for networking.

This FuckUp Night is going to be a little different. FUN Atlanta is teaming up with WeWork for a holiday fundraiser — 100 percent of the proceeds go towards The Empty Stockings Fund, a non-profit that provides low-income parents and guardians the opportunity to give their children gifts during the holidays. And, to help ring in that true holiday spirit, attendees are asked to wear the ugliest sweater in your closet (yes, that one). FUN Atlanta will also be collecting toys and new kids clothes for ESF as well — so bring out all the stops!

Don’t worry, you’ll still get lessons learned from failure stories of four of Atlanta’s ballsiest, risk-taking entrepreneurs (and the free beer). The ugliest sweater will win a free hot-desk for a month at WeWork! See you December 14th.

Meet the Storytellers

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Jason Martin, Community Guilds, STE(A)M Truck

Jason Martin is a lifelong educator and the founder Community Guilds. Through Community Guilds, kids tackle real problems, design solutions, get their hands dirty and then, with community experts, build amazing innovations together. To close growing inequities and ensure all kids thrive, he created a vehicle — literally and figuratively — that brings this experience and parks it right outside the classroom door. STE(A)M Truck, is mobile makerspace that launched 2014 and, three years later, is a growing fleet that serves over 4,000 elementary and middle-school youth each year.


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Nikishka Michelle Kee, The Ultimate Match Agency

Dating expert, TV personality, Huffington Post contributor and founder of the Ultimate Match Agency (specializing in finding love for plus size individuals), Nekisha Michelle Kee supplies women with the most holistic dating plan to finding love and she’s been featured in everything from Success Magazine, BUSTLE, Redbook, Black Enterprise, Plus Model Magazine, Ebony and more.


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Tom Matte, Revolve Marketing

Strategic marketing vet and serial entrepreneur, Tom Matte is the founder and CEO at Revolve Marketing. Prior to founding Revolve, he built a 20 year track record of results as the founder of Max Advertising – delivering quantifiable results using stunning concepts, analytics savvy, team leadership and enthusiastic client services.

 


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 Manda Hunt, Lenox Communications, The Empty Stocking Fund

Manda Hunt is a seasoned entrepreneur and PR pro. She’s the founder and President of Lenox Communications where she’s helped for profits and nonprofits with communications strategies and is also the Executive Director of the Empty Stocking Fund.

*ALL proceeds of FUN ATL vol. VII – Hustlin’ for the Holidays will be benefit The Empty Stocking Fund!

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