Stop being afraid of failure and start embracing it.

FailCon is a one-day conference for technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers and designers to study their own and others' failures and prepare for success.

We all have founded, worked for or invested in startups that have failed. We're smart, we keep up with the latest in technology trends, but sometimes just don't go as planned. How can you predict what will work and what won't? Well, you can't.

But that doesn't mean you should stop trying. It just means you should start exchanging stories of what didn't work and how you pivoted, why you couldn't raise money, what the wrong hires were like, and when you decided it was time to let go. Entrepreneurs need to hear that from each other: that it's okay to fail, it doesn't mean you're worthless. You're just like the rest of us, learning from our making mistakes and building something bigger next time.

Our Story

FailCon was started in 2009 by Cass Phillipps, an event planner for startup events and failed founder herself. The event began growing to international audiences and is now produced in over a dozen cities world wide.


We, @ekito, think embracing failure is an incoming mandatory culture change need. Failure is not recognized and well accepted here in France, even more in the industry, and we would like to convinced people to trust failure to bounce and improve. We estimate sharing success of course but moreover failure is one of the most powerful way to improve. We’d like to promote the culture of exchange, confession and sharing between entrepreneurs. Helping innovators getting out from the failure fear & shame.

Who Are The FailCon Toulouse Producers?

Cass Phillipps, Executive Producer

Cass Philipps

Cassandra has been a startup event producer for over five years, producing and managing conferences like FailCon, SF MusicTech Summit, Inside Social Apps, Unleashed Conference, and many more. She works with clients to insure each has a high-quality and profitable event, connecting them with the best partners, sponsors, and speakers for their topics. Cassandra has a B.A in Human Development from the University of Chicago.

Benjamin Böhle-Roitelet, Producer

Benjamin Böhle-Roitelet

Benjamin is founder & more for ekito, a startup & innovation builder that matter, Benjamin is also agilist, mentor of several startups, involved contributor in a fair ecosystem & serial entrepreneur.

Laurent Carbonnaux, Producer

Laurent Carbonnaux

Laurent is an lean&agile coach @ekito, helping and going with companies to transform their mode of production to adapt to the changing needs of their market.

Guillaume Cerquant, Producer

Guillaume Cerquant