GENERATION STARTUP captures the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Filmed over 17 months, it provides an honest, visceral and uplifting look at what it takes to launch a company and navigate life after college. The film is most of all a celebration of young people who have the courage, determination and resilience to follow a dream and work hard to build something meaningful. Detroit and its rapid transformation provide a backdrop for their personal stories. This powerful film will foster thoughtful discussion and reflection and inspire viewers to take positive action in their own lives.
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GENERATION STARTUP explores a range of themes through the unique perspectives of its six diverse characters as they learn to fail and redefine success on their own terms. These include: the realities of launching a company; the impact entrepreneurship has within a community; the need for greater racial and gender diversity in the workplace with three strong role models; the discomfort that comes with personal growth; and the deep fulfillment of becoming comfortable moving outside our comfort zone to reach for a goal.
“GENERATION STARTUP will light your imagination and stir your soul. By the end of this film you will be fired up to take chances too.” – Daymond John, Star of ABC’s Shark Tank
“GENERATION STARTUP is a celebration of young entrepreneurs who embrace uncertainty, take risks, and dare to fail on their path to success.” –Arianna Huffington, Founder, Huffington Post
“Like entrepreneurship, GENERATION STARTUP is an engaging adventure story that captures the risks, challenges and human drama of trying to turn big dreams into products and services that make the world better.” –Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder, LinkedIn