Last night was a BIG night in Nashville… and I mean Ashton Kutcher BIG. WeWork, a creative co-working space with 457 locations around the world, holds multiple “Creator Awards” ceremonies across the globe where they give grants to brilliant entrepreneurs. This series of award ceremonies began in March of 2017 in Washington DC and has expanded to London, Shanghai, New York City, Berlin, Jerusalem, and many more.

Our Nashville judges included actor Ashton Kutcher, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of country music group Florida Georgia Line, and business executive Dia Simms of Combs Enterprises. The night began with Kutcher explaining the purpose of the WeWork Creator Awards, the importance of ambition, and his connection with WeWork creator Adam Neumann. “There’s so much that needs to be done and so few people that are actually willing to do that work,” said Kutcher. “Ambition is the road for an entrepreneur.”

Creativity, innovation, capability, and impact. Those are the four things Kutcher believes are essential to owning your own business and being a successful entrepreneur. Each aspiring company had a representative give the judges a one minute elevator pitch followed by a three-minute long questioning. Some of the companies answered flawlessly, while others were criticized for not having the CEO as the representative. Overall, I think we all learned that Ashton Kutcher is way more business savvy than we thought. FGL? Not so much.

Bay Area rapper G-Eazy closed out the night at the official after party, hyping fans with some of his biggest hits. Do you think you have what it takes? If so, apply for WeWork Creator Awards’ upcoming international ceremonies here. Good luck!

WINNERS

Business Venture Award
($360,000): Queen of Raw, Stephanie Benedetto, New York City
($180,000): Prommus, Anthony Brahimsha, Chicago
($72,000): Loomia, Janett Liriano, New York City

Nonprofit Award 
($72,000): Found in Translation, Maria Vertkin, Boston, MA
($50,000): Girl Develop It, Corinne Warnshuis & Sally MacNicholas, Philadelphia, PA
($50,000): Everybody Dance Now!, Kelli Forman, New York City

Performing Arts Award 
($18,000): Melanie Faye, Nashville, TN

Community Giver Award: a surprise, community-nominated category for those making a difference:
($36,000): Good Good Good, Branden Harvey, Nashville, TN

Wild Card Winner: a surprise, pulled from the crowd live by Adam Neumann and Ashton Kutcher:
($50,000): Music for Seniors, Sarah Martin McConnell

 

G-EAZY AFTER PARTY PERFORMANCE

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FULL CEREMONY GALLERY

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