WEWORK AWARDS $1.79M IN FUNDING TO FOUR WINNERS AT CREATOR GLOBAL FINALS
Innovative startups and nonprofit secure funding following live competition
WeWork announced four winners in the Business Venture and Nonprofit categories who received a grand total of $1.79 million in funding at the second annual Creator Global Finals in Los Angeles. The Creator Global Finals is a major global initiative that recognizes and rewards creators across all industries and all stages of growth by committing funding to entrepreneurs, small businesses, growing companies, nonprofits, performing artists and more.
After tens of thousands of creators and innovators applied and hundreds were called upon to pitch their life’s mission at Regional Semi-Final events across the globe, eight global finalists competed in front of a panel of notable judges — Ashton Kutcher, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Gary Vaynerchuk, Kirsten Green — and a live audience of over 6,000 for millions in additional funding at the Creator Global Finals. The event closed out with a live performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“I am in awe of the intelligence and creativity of the entrepreneurs who competed in this year’s WeWork Creator Global Finals. From healthcare to the environment to humanitarian issues such as hunger and homelessness, these creators are tackling it all. They all give us hope for a better world.” – Ashton Kutcher, judge.
“This year’s Creator Global Finals has revealed a group whose businesses and ideas are not only incredibly innovative, but also thoughtful in how they are driving positive impact. These entrepreneurs and nonprofits truly exemplify what it means to create a life, not just a living, and are the reason we started the Creator Awards: to recognize, empower and reward those who are taking on some of the largest and most complex problems our world faces. We are honored to be a part of their journey.” – Adam Neumann, WeWork CEO & Co-founder.
In the Business Venture category, the grand prize of $1,000,000 went to Medinas Health, a platform that helps healthcare organizations monetize surplus medical equipment and supplies, based in San Francisco. An additional $360,000 in prizing went to Raizs, which supports small family farmers and brings their produce to urban markets through a digital platform, based in Brazil. Lastly, Afrocenchix, a natural/ organic hair care company, based in the UK received $180,000 in funding.
In the Nonprofit category, Angel House Cerebral Palsy, was awarded $250,000 in funding via the audience’s live vote; the organization provides support for caregivers and families of those with disabilities, especially cerebral palsy, based in China.
Business Venture Award: for entrepreneurs and companies with fresh ideas
- $1,000,000: Medinas Health
- $360,000: Raizs
- $180,000: Afrocenchix
Nonprofit Award: for charitable organizations big and small.
- $250,000: Angel House Cerebral Palsy
WeWork Co-Founder and CEO Adam Neumann was joined by judges Ashton Kutcher,
actor and investor; Sean “Diddy” Combs, entrepreneur; Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of
VaynerX and investor; Kirsten Green, venture capitalist; host, Adi Neumann.
Additional attendees included Chanel Iman, Jasmine Tookes and Shanina Shaik.
Global finalists Rachael Corson and Joycelyn Mate/ Afrocenchix; Yoni Yefet Reich and Hudi Weinberg/ Amutat Kaima; Kate Wang/ Angel House Cerebral Palsy; Cemal Ezel/ Change Please; Chloe Alpert/ Medina’s Health;Jiliang Ma/ Modoo; Stephanie Benedetto/ Queen of Raw; Tomás Abrahão/Raizs.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA 90015
About Creator Awards
The Creator Awards is a major global initiative established by WeWork to recognize and reward the creators of the world – across all industries and all stages of growth – by committing funding and brand visibility to entrepreneurs, small businesses, growing companies, nonprofits, artists, and more. In addition to the financial awards, WeWork brings the Creator Awards to life through a series of regional events where communities come together for interactive forums to support passion, innovation, and impact.
WeWork provides more than 320,000 members around the world with space, community, and services through both physical and virtual offerings. From startups and freelancers to small businesses and Fortune 500 companies, our community is united by a desire for our members to create meaningful work and lead meaningful lives—to be a part of something greater than ourselves. Co-founded by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey in New York City in 2010, WeWork is a privately held company with over 9,000 employees. Follow us @WeWork on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook or visit wework.com to learn more.