EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation

Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship in Michigan: Strategies for Building on Michigan's Entrepreneurial Heritage (2012)

Project Details

Co-Learning Plan - 2012

Author: Joel Rash, Red Ink Flint

Summary

This Co-Learning Plan brought the Mondragon model into the realm of higher education by educating students in the value of building a cooperative approach to community entrepreneurship. The process began with developing several cooperative educational modules to guide young people and interested adults from cooperative culture and social structures to cooperative entrepreneurship.

Summit Presentation

Author

Joel RashJoel Rash, Red Ink Flint

Joel Rash is the Director of the arts nonprofit Red Ink Flint and Flint Local 432, one of the nation's longest-running all-ages music venues. Since 1984, Rash has booked rock shows in alternative spaces in downtown Flint, promoting cultural life in the city center. Beginning in 1994, Rash led the redevelopment of downtown Flint by purchasing three vacant buildings and renovating them as mixed-use offices, commercial storefronts, art spaces, and lofts - the city's first modern loft-style apartments. Previously, he led the city's Downtown Facade Improvement Program and the University of Michigan Flint's entrepreneurship efforts by establishing the University Outreach's Launch program to help incubate student and community start-ups. Recently he has been part of the leadership team for YES Flint, an effort to promote and support youth entrepreneurship.