Startups and Entrepreneurship: Creating Jobs and Revitalizing Communities

North Auditorium at the Capitol Visitors Center

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the Economic Innovation Group, New Democrat Coalition, 1776, Venture for America, and GENERATION STARTUP for an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup and a discussion about empowering startups and building thriving communities. John Lettieri, Co-founder and Senior Director for Policy and Strategy at Economic Innovation Group, will moderate a panel discussion on how to build startup ecosystems across the country. Speakers will include Representative Jim Himes, Senator Gary Peters of Michigan, Andrew Yang, Founder and CEO of Venture for America, Brandon Pollak, Head of Global Affairs at 1776, and Dextina Booker, a Junior Mechanical Engineer and character in “GENERATION STARTUP.”

Following the panel, there will be a viewing of the film, GENERATION STARTUP. GENERATION STARTUP takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing 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 nominee Cheryl Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity. With American entrepreneurship at record lows, the film delivers a vital call-to-action.

The event will take place Monday, May 1st from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the North Auditorium in the Capitol Visitor’s Center.

Admission is FREE but be sure to register to reserve your seat TODAY!

Photos from the event are available here.

Event Speakers

Sen. Gary Peters

R - MI

Andrew Yang

Founder and CEO

Venture for America

Dextina Booker

Junior Mechanical Engineer

Shinola Audio

Brandon Pollak

Head of Global Affairs


Event Moderators

John Lettieri

Co-founder and Senior Director for Policy and Strategy

Economic Innovation Group

Event Sponsors

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