Duo Security is hosting a screening of 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.
The film will be screened March 9 at Duo Security in Ann Arbor and is open to the public. Food and refreshments will be served.
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.
Despite the widely held stereotype of 20-somethings as entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship among 18-34 year olds is at a 24-year low. “For our country to remain the global leader in technology development, it’s absolutely critical that we inspire, encourage and support more Americans to learn to code, especially women and girls who are woefully underrepresented,” says U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen. “The age of smartphones, apps and the Internet of Things is changing every part of our daily lives and women shouldn’t be shut-out from this promising economy.”
Date:Thursday, March 09, 2017
Time:6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Address:123 North Ashley Street #200, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104
Sr. Media Producer, Duo Security
Rik Cordero was born and raised in Queens, New York and recently relocated to Ann Arbor, MI with his wife Nancy and 7 year old daughter Chloe. He was nominated for Video Director Of The Year at the 2009 BET Awards and was a recipient of an American Advertising Federation Mosaic Award for the US Marine Corps "Where I’m From" national broadcast campaign. In 2012 he was named one of the 100 Most Influential Artists of the Decade by Complex Magazine and was nominated for a Best Hip Hop Music Video Award at the 2013 MTV Japan Video Music Awards. In 2016 he was nominated for a Viral Webby Award for "First-Time Virtual Reality Viewers React To VR Porn", produced for Complex Media. Rik brings his unique vision to Duo as Senior Media Producer where he collaborates with all departments on brand awareness, company culture and product marketing through commercials, documentaries, branded content and social media. When he's not filming or editing, you'll find Rik modding cameras and tinkering with personal electric vehicles.
CEO & Co-Founder, Duo Security
Dug has a history of leading successful products and companies to solve pressing security problems. Dug spent 7 years as founding Chief Security Architect at Arbor Networks, protecting 80% of the world’s Internet service providers, and growing to $120M+ annual revenue before its acquisition by Danaher. Before Arbor, Dug built the first commercial network anomaly detection system (acquired by NFR / Check Point), and managed security in the world’s largest production Kerberos environment (University of Michigan).
Mechanical Engineer, Shinola
While some of Dextina’s fellow students from MIT moved to Detroit to take lucrative jobs at the car companies, this 2015 MIT graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Product Development opted instead to join the growing startup community there, inspired by Venture for America’s mission. When she moved to Detroit in August, she worked for Rock Ventures for several months, helping oversee their investments in startups and nonprofits in Detroit, but quickly realized she missed building things. Dextina now works at the startup Shinola as a Mechanical Engineer where she is part of the team creating a line of Shinola Audio products. Dextina and her brother were raised by a single mom from Guyana who worked multiple jobs to provide for them, and attributes her resourcefulness to her mom. Dextina, recipient of the prestigious Times Scholarship in 2011 and other grants and awards, is grateful to the many teachers who opened her eyes to opportunities when she was growing up. Living in Guyana for three years with her mom when she was younger, Dextina was also turned on to traveling. While at MIT Dextina travelled to Turkey, Israel, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Swaziland where she studied, taught STEM subjects, worked at startups and learned about people and cultures. Whether it’s building opportunities or physical products, it’s important to Dextina to be creating rather than just consuming. Dextina is driven to make quality products and create quality jobs for the underserved and traditionally overlooked. She tutors regularly at Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. Dextina is part of the 2015 Venture for America class.
Steven Mazur & Eric Huang
Founders, Ash & Anvil
As real life shorter guys, we (founders Steven Mazur - 5’6” and Eric Huang - 5’8”) created Ash & Anvil from a real life need. We wanted everyday clothes that captured our sense of style and fit and were priced for younger guys like us. Surprisingly, we didn’t see anyone in the US offering shorter men’s clothing like that. “Shorter guys make up some of the best athletes, actors, fathers, business leaders, and more. It's time we finally have clothes made specifically for us.”
Founder, Eldorado General Store
Erin Gavle combined her love for travel and her knack for treasure-hunting into her business, Eldorado General Store in Detroit. The boutique carries a unique assortment of vintage and found curiosities from her life travels. She’s a former New York City advertising executive who left her cushy job and moved home to Detroit to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. She took the risk of uprooting her entire life to find peace of mind doing work that doesn’t feel like work at all.
CEO & Co-Founder, Wisely
As one of the founders of Wisely, Mike helps restaurants attract valuable guests and retain them for life. Prior to founding Wisely, Mike started Develop Detroit (now part of Grand Circus) and was a Senior Manager in Accenture's Growth Strategy practice. He graduated from MSU in 2006 with a degree in Finance.
TRT: 90 Minutes
Directors: Cynthia Wade / Cheryl Miller Houser
Executive Producers: Susan Margolin / Lauren Zalaznick
Director of Photography: Boaz Freund
Editor: Kimberly Pellnat