Wednesday 19 September, 2018

US Embassy promoting entrepreneurship through film

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is promoting entrepreneurship across the region through a traveling film program taking place in Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, and Barbados.

The Embassy is screening the award-winning documentary film “Generation Startup” for audiences made up of business students and young entrepreneurs. American entrepreneur Dextina Booker, one of the women featured in the film, has also been sharing her experiences as part of the program.

Generation Startup is a feature documentary that captures the struggles and triumphs of Venture for America, as they launch startups in Detroit, Michigan. Shot over the course of 15 months, the film is a celebration of entrepreneurship, innovation and the economic rejuvenation of Detroit.

In Antigua, the first engagement took place at the Antigua State College on April 3. The group, comprising 70 first and second-year entrepreneurship students, engaged in a lively discussion with Ms. Booker after watching the film. Ms. Booker shared her experiences and explained the importance of proper support networks in building a startup business.

At the second engagement, at which the audience comprised young entrepreneurs, Ms. Booker and audience members discussed the fundamentals of drafting a business plan.

“Programmes such as this one help us engage our audiences in important discussions on entrepreneurship,” said U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, Linda Taglialatela.

“At the end of each screening and discussion, our wish is that every audience member leaves with the understanding that entrepreneurship, while sometimes difficult, creates individual opportunity and long-term economic development. The U.S. Embassy is committed to helping create sustainable economic growth across the region.”