Bay Area Film Screenings Highlight African, Millennial Entrepreneurs

By Michael Jenkins 1 Comment

Two free events in the San Francisco Bay area will offer exclusive opportunities to view films that follow the lives of African and millennial entrepreneurs.  Along with the screenings, the events will include question and answer sessions with people close to the projects.

The first event, a screening of Generation Startup with Leslie Miley, is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 18 at the Kapor Center for Social Impact in Oakland.  Generation Startup is feature documentary that follows six Venture for America Fellows and their struggle to build startups in Detroit.  Following the screening, attendees will have an opportunity to have Q&A with Leslie Miley, Venture for America’s first Executive in Residence and Director of Engineering at Slack.  Mr. Miley will share thoughts on growing the startup ecosystem outside of Silicon Valley.


The film Generation Startup includes the story of Dextina Booker, a 2015 graduate of MIT and participant in Venture for America.

The second event, a screening of Venture: An Entrepreneur’s Journey, is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 24 at the Hass School of Business in Berkeley. Venture follows four African entrepreneurs from their wins at DEMO Africa 2015 along the path of creating and scaling their businesses.  A panel discussion with Q&A will follow the film.

If you’re going to be in the Bay Area in the coming weeks, these are two events that you won’t want to miss.  Both events are free to attend but require registration through Eventbrite.

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Michael is a graduate of Iowa State University with BS and MS degrees in Computer Engineering. Over the past 20 years, he has worked with a variety of technologies including integrated circuit design and infrastructure automation. Recently, Michael has worked to automate deployments for high-traffic websites in a variety of industries including automobile sales, life sciences, and pharmaceuticals. Michael is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect at the Associate level and is also versed in other cloud technologies. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and lives in the Los Angeles metro area.