Documentary: Generation Startup

If you have a Netflix subscription, and you have a Trep blood flowing insode you, then you should watch “Generation Startup.” I’m sure the documentary is available elsewhere so do a little research on your own.

As the movie description states: “The film tracks six young Detroit entrepreneurs over 17 months as they struggle to make their business dreams into successful startup realities.”

It shows the difficulty and the rewards of charting your own future.

When you’re young you can dream big. It starts with a concept. A recognized need and a plan that mixes creativity, technical know-how and supportive partners. It shows the pitfalls of trusting the wrong people, the discouragement from family, the need for Plan B.

The film shows a difficult but positive view of Treps. Even if you fail, you learn something from the school of hard knocks.

I highly recommend this film.



JOBS! JOBS! Job Creation for Youth
By C Ray Carlson
District Chair, Job Creation & Entrepreneurship, Altadena, CA Rotary

Ray Carlson
Trep Maker, Founder, CEO

President Trump emphasizes the great need for Jobs, especially for Youth. Entrepreneurs are needed for that. They need to know how to write Business Plans based on their own ideas and understanding of digital/social media.

We Rotarians must and can do something for the youth of America and the World.  We have the largest bloc of business-savvy men and women that can do something tangible to help youth to understand how they can start their own businesses that create jobs for themselves and others.

Long term data from Sweden showed that 10 years after a Junior Achievement high school, program, 24% had started businesses and hired on average four others. The government was surprised and started financing one-half the cost, the private sector one-half. Thus 5 jobs for every 5 trained!

How many youth might we Rotarians in District 5300 train? San Marino HS is training 182 each year.  Arcadia about half of that. Together almost 300. Just two Rotary Clubs involved in  encouraging that through sponsorship of those high schools in our District Business Plan Competition (this year on May 4 – 3:30 at San Marino’s Huntington Middle School)  Are they ‘Making A Difference’? You betcha!

Making A Difference – our 2017-18 motto.  Let’s start to take Action and Now!

Internationally, Altadena and Skovde- Billingham (Sweden) have trained 12,000 Nigerian university students over the last 8 years. Hopefully another 2,000 in 2017 if sufficient funds are raised for a Global Grant. Many write exciting and viable Business Plans. We will start to offer Micro-finance to the best of them.

If you’ve seen recent news about violence in Nigeria, you will understand why it is so important for our clubs to help stimulate Job Creation. Nigeria’s population is equal to that of Germany, France, and Britain combined.  This will double by 2050. A doubling of jobs is needed.

Can your club help?  Rancho Cucamonga has just committed $1,000 toward $10,000 needed for the minimum Global Grant of $30,000. Member Dr Sarah Philips, Nigerian-American, has been the in-country projects manager. Before migrating to America, she was Chief Legislative Officer to the Parliament of her state. (Similar to attorney general of California!)

Even $100 to $1,000 from your club will help. Our District’s first project in Poland like this in 1991 was supported by 31 clubs. Altadena financed an extra university by themselves with $10,000, which led to 9 Paul Harris Fellowships because of $1,000 contributions designated toward the Matching Grant number.