Yankee Institute to host screening of Generation Startup
Documentary film shares the story of young entrepreneurs in America

HARTFORD, CT – Today, Zachary Janowski, Director of External Affairs for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, announced that Yankee would 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.

“This movie is about ‘learning to fail’ and ‘redefining success,’” Janowski said. “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.”

The film will be screened on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Sea Tea Comedy Theater and is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. for happy hour and networking. The film will begin at 7 p.m.

“According to the Census Bureau, only a small share of jobs in Connecticut metropolitan areas are related to startups,” Janowski said. “Out of the 368 regions nationwide, the highest rank for a Connecticut metro area was 203rd, with only 1.8 percent of jobs related to start-ups for the Bridgeport-Norwalk-Stamford area. Hartford ranked 301st and New London ranked 338th.”

“Connecticut needs to begin to attract and foster young business growth, so that our economy will no longer be left behind,” said Janowski.

“We know that Connecticut can work if policymakers empower people to grow a healthy economy from the bottom up,” Janowski said. “We must attract and foster startups and other growing businesses.”

Generation Startup screening (Downtown Hartford)
6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25
Sea Tea Comedy Theater, 15 Asylum St., Hartford
Doors open at 6 p.m. for happy hour and networking; Screening starts at 7 p.m.
Admission is free, but tickets are required. We expect a full house.
Tickets: http://www.yankeeinstitute.org/events/

About the film:
GENERATION STARTUP, a documentary that takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing 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 fifteen cities around the country to train as entrepreneurs, and then helps them launch their own companies. 

For more information, please visit: www.connecticutcanwork.org

The Hartford-based Yankee Institute for Public Policy works to transform Connecticut into a place where everyone is free to succeed.

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