What is Fuckup Nights (FUN) NICE Sophia Antipolis?

Nice Sophia-Antipolis has joined the global phenomenon! Time to #sharethefailure #NICE #Sophia-Antipolis

Fuckup Nights is a global movement and event series that shares stories of professional failure. Each month, in events across the globe, we get three to four people to get up in front of a room full of strangers to share their own professional fuckup.

The stories of the business that crashes and burns, the partnership deal that goes sour, the product that has to be recalled, we tell them all.

The FUN is back!

Fuckup Nights Nice, Vol. 4, April 10th, 2020 | 19:00 | Online Event | Via Zoom










Jacqueline van den Ende

Meet our first speaker, Jacqueline van den Ende who until Jan 2021 was a Partner at Peak Capital, a European entrepreneurial venture capital firm with total assets under management of €84 million. In February 2021, she became Co-Founder of Carbon Equity, an investing platform for alternative climate assets, alternative climate assets are everything not listed in the stock exchange – to create financial products which have direct climate impact in terms of euro for euro investing directly in climate technology.

Prior to returning to the EU in 2019, Jacqueline  spent 6 years in Asia, founding two companies – Lamudi Philippines (a Rocket Internet company) and True Money. She will share the challenges and failures she experienced while sitting at both sides of the fence – going from a founder/CEO, to becoming a VC, and now back to founding another company all the while doing it in  Asia and Europe. She started her entrepreneurial journey early, founding her first company while studying at university.

Lyazid Benyahya

Benyahya Lyazid, Born and raised in Morocco, before moving to Luxembourg, he first specialized in Marketing Fitness Industry for over a decade, spent spare time helping small business owners then start-up entrepreneurs and built his own Marketing Platform to streamline creative projects. Today working as Marketing Manager in natural resources, he’s exploring the new horizons of the Blockchain technology.

Altaf Rizvi

Altaf is currently an Account Director at Amadeus for a large global Airline. Previously he led the M&A and Partnership practise at Amadeus, has worked at a few start-ups in France and Germany, worked as a consultant at Bain & Company and worked on launching a few of his own start-ups. He has always closely followed the tech-start-up scene and lives in the south of France with his wife & 3 boys who keep him busy and on his toes.  




Licensee Fuckup Nights Nice, Organizer

A #slasher (wife slash mom slash startupper slash event organizer slash entrepreneur…) at heart, Maricel loves being involved in various fields of interest. She brought FUN into France in 2018, being one of the first cities with a FUN movement in France. She has been running the Fuckup Nights public events in Nice since then and enjoys building a community of “fuckuppers” in the French Riviera.

Maricel works with startups, helping them with content strategy, sales and business development. She is also deeply involved with Toastmasters, having served President-elect/VP PR & VP Education of Toastmasters Nice, a bilingual (French/English) club that promotes public speaking and leadership. She holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Nice Graduate School of Management (IAE).

Mervin Y. Perez

Mervin Y. Perez


Mervin graduated magna cumlaude graduate of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Entrepreneurial Marketing. He is a countryside development advocate and a project development analyst for medium and small scale industries. He has considerable experience in Intellectual Property technology business management and currently serves as a Science Research Specialist of IP Management Program for Academic Institutions Commercializing Technologies (IMPACT) of PCIEERD.
Deyana Mincheva

Deyana Mincheva


Marketing and communication specialist with a passion for bringing people together.

Deyana is originally from Bulgaria but has spent the last 10 years enjoying the French Riviera.

Stephen C. Fajardo

Stephen C. Fajardo


Stephen C. Fajardo is a faculty member of the College of Business Administration in Accountancy, MSU- Iligan Institute of Technology. He finished his Master’s Degree in Business Management in the same institution where he is affiliated at and had his academic his second Master’s Degree in Technopreneurship and Innovation in Nanyang University, Singapore.

At present, he is the Technology Transfer Enterprise Unit Head on the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office of MSU-IIT and a faculty coordinator of iDEYA, the first technology business incubator in Mindanao.

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