DOCUMENTARY FILM SHARES THE STORY OF YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN AMERICA
The Yankee Institute for Public Policy will host a screening of Generation Startup as part of Connecticut Can Work!, a reform initiative to make it easier to hire and work in Connecticut.
The film will be screened on Tuesday, October 25, at the Sea Tea Comedy Theater and is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for happy hour and networking. The film will begin at 7:00 p.m.
“This movie is about ‘learning to fail’ and ‘redefining success.’ By hosting a screening, Yankee wants to encourage people, especially young people, to take risks in Connecticut. At the same time, we want to encourage lawmakers to smooth the path instead of creating barriers,” explains Zachary Janowski, Director of External Affairs at Yankee.
“According to the Census Bureau, only a small share of jobs in Connecticut metropolitan areas are related to startups,” says Janowski. “Out of the 368 regions nationwide, the highest rank for a Connecticut metro area was 203rd, with only 1.8% of jobs related to startups for the Bridgeport-Norwalk-Stamford area. Hartford ranked 301st and New London ranked 338th,” he adds.
“Connecticut needs to begin to attract and foster young business growth, so that our economy will no longer be left behind,” emphasizes Janowski.
“We know that Connecticut can work – if policymakers empower people to grow a healthy economy from the bottom up,” says Janowski. “We must attract and foster startups and other growing businesses.”
Admission to the Generation Startup screening is free, but tickets are required and a full house is expected. Tickets are available at www.yankeeinstitute.org/events.
About the Film
Generation Startup, a documentary that takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, captures an in-the-trenches look at the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to launch startups in Detroit.
Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and Academy Award-nominated Cheryl Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action—with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country’s economic future is at stake.
The young men and women of Generation Startup are part of Venture for America (VFA), a program that sends recent college graduates to work at startups in 15 cities around the country to train as entrepreneurs and then helps them launch their own companies.
About the Yankee Institute for Public Policy
The Hartford-based Yankee Institute for Public Policy works to transform Connecticut into a place where everyone is free to succeed. To learn more, visit www.yankeeinstitute.org.