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Gen Z Startups: Influenced by Media, Reality and BS

Monday, March 14
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon E
500 E 4th St

With the number of Millenials outpacing Baby Boomers, we saw a generational shift in the startups created. The majority of the Millenial world was made up of economic boom and peaceful times…but then it became trashed because of Sept 11 and two separate recessions.
Now enter the Gen Z entrepreneurs. With the oldest barely out of high school, they come into this world with their eyes wide open. They were born during the war on terror and the Great Recession. They saw their families decimated and corporate America spiral out of control. And all of this occurred while reality TV, social media and celebrity sports influenced their lives. Welcome to the birth of the Gen Z Entrepreneur.

Hashtags: #sxsw #BirthingGenZStartup


Kaitlyn Cawley

Editor In Chief

Elite Daily

The Editor-in-Chief of Elite Daily. Speaks fluent Millennial. Leads a team of 50+ writers and editors across a complex array of digital content, from breaking news to lifestyle pieces. Writes in her (extremely limited) spare time.

Lachlan Johnson at SXSW

Lachlan Johnson



Starting her first company at the age of 12, Lachlan is no stranger to the crazy world of entrepreneurship! After successfully appearing on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank in 2010, she sold her first com...

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Sean Branagan at SXSW

Sean Branagan

Dir Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship

Newhouse School at Syracuse University

Sean is an entrepreneur, tech marketer, consultant, educator and speaker on marketing, online and digital media and technology startups. He is Director of the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurs...

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Tim Hayden at SXSW

Tim Hayden

Dir, Entrepreneurship Center

Saint Louis University

For the last 20+ years, Tim Hayden has been involved in entrepreneurship, sports business, entertainment, digital media and marketing.

Tim is the Director of the Internationally recognized Cente...

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