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Documentary on entrepreneurs to be screened in Sault

Film portrays challenges, successes of Detroit startups
Bondar Waterfront
Sault Ste. Marie

StartUP Sault Ste. Marie and YouLaunch are hosting a screening of GENERATION STARTUP, a documentary that takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship, 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 on November 16th (6:00-9:00PM at The Tech), during Global Entrepreneurship Week, and is open to the public.

Tickets are $5.00 and reserve seating can be done online at

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.

StartUP Sault, YouLaunch and our community partners help entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses in Sault Ste. Marie.

We all have a stake in growing our community, so let’s do what we can to support young entrepreneurs.

The evening will include networking, cash bar, popcorn and snacks.

Following the film screening, a panel discussion and Q&A, including Mayor Christian Provenzano, will take place to discuss how entrepreneurship can help grow our community, and how the community can come together as a whole to reinvent and reinvigorate Sault Ste. Marie.

The Generation Startup film screening event is made possible with the additional financial assistance of our partners, the Business Development Bank of Canada, Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce and the Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie and Area.

For more information on GENERATION STARTUP and to view the trailer, visit