FloridaGeorgiaLine2018The Nashville Creator Awards are taking place on September 13th at Marathon Music Works. Nashville industry vets Clarence Spalding, Seth England and Ashton Kutcher will join the event.

Having had over a decade of success in investing in the startup world with companies such as Airbnb, Uber, and Spotify, Kutcher and Oseary are natural partners for WeWork’s Nashville Creator Awards. The Creator Awards is a major global initiative established in 2017 by WeWork to recognize and reward the creators of the world – across all industries and all stages of growth – by committing funding to entrepreneurs, small businesses, growing companies, nonprofits, performing artists, and more.

Restaurateur, television personality, and chef, Maneet Chauhan, and superstar duo, Florida Georgia Line will be featured judges at the Nashville Creator Awards.

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“I love a competition that supports entrepreneurs, startups, non-profits and musicians who want to change the world and make it better. I also love Nashville and am thrilled to play a part in honoring talented and impactful creators in this community.” – Ashton Kutcher

Finalists are chosen from a pool of thousands of applicants from across the Eastern United States, Puerto Rico, and Ontario. At the event they will pitch their idea, business model, and/ or organization before a live audience, competing for funding, with prizes ranging from $18,000 to $360,000.

“We are happy to see the people of this region being recognized and celebrated for their entrepreneurial minds.” – Clarence Spaulding, Maverick Nashville

“Nashville is growing very fast. Country music is at the heart of this city, but I also believe it can one day be a center for business innovation, which is why I’m very excited to be supporting the startup community here at this event.” – Seth England, Maverick Nashville

Since March 2017, WeWork has hosted more than 27,000 attendees and given away millions of dollars to nearly 200 winners across 11 Creator Awards Regional Semi-Final events around the globe, plus one Global Finals event in New York City in January 2018.

 The event will be a celebration of entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity, with attendees having the opportunity to shop local member and non-member products at the pop-up market and make connections at the job fair in partnership with Jobbio. In addition to the pitching, the second half of the evening will feature the announcement of the winners and live musical performances, followed by a celebration into the night.

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WeWork announced that The Peach Truck, a Nashville-based peach distribution company, and Nashville musician Melanie Faye, have been selected as finalists for the Creator Awards Regional Semi-Final event on September 13th at Marathon Music Works. Chosen from a pool of more than 1,700 applicants from across the Eastern United States, Puerto Rico, and Ontario, The Peach Truck and Melanie Faye will join other finalists to pitch their idea, business model, or organization before a live audience to compete for over $700,000 in funding, with prizes ranging from $18,000 to $360,000.

Nashville Finalists:

Business Venture Award

Performing Arts Award

Business Venture finalist The Peach Truck is a Nashville operation and a WeWork member company at WeWork 901 Woodland in East Nashville. Stephen and Jessica Rose, the powerhouse couple behind the business, quit their full-time jobs in 2012 to sell farm-fresh peaches in partnership with Stephen’s hometown farm in Fort Valley, Georgia. The business has now expanded to a team working locally across Nashville selling peaches for $8 for a 3-pound bag, through “The Peach Truck Tour” across Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan, as well as nationwide internet sales via thepeachtruck.com. The Peach Truck now sells more than one million peaches a season.

“We sell Fresh Georgia Peaches just hours off the tree,” said Stephen Rose. “We’ve solved the distribution issues of Georgia peaches by bringing peaches fresh off the tree to consumers all over the country. Because of this, the peaches are sweet and juicy, not mealy and bland like folks are used to.”

Performing Arts finalist Melanie Faye is a 20-year-old Nashville guitarist and musician that has been making waves in the Music City and around the globe after her Instagram videos of her music went viral.

“I believe that the traditional record label model of the music industry doesn’t need to
be the only option for an artist’s career anymore,” Faye said. “Through the use of social media and independent platforms to upload your music directly to Spotify, artists can connect with audiences on their own terms.”

At the Nashville Creator Awards, finalists will present before a live audience and competing for funding, which will be available in the following three categories:

  • Business Venture Award: for entrepreneurs and companies with fresh ideas ($130k – $360k)
  • Nonprofit Award: for charitable organizations big and small ($72k – $130k)
  • Performing Arts Award: for entertainers and groups with a unique point of view ($18k – $72k)

Since March 2017, WeWork has hosted more than 27,000 attendees and given away millions of dollars across 11 Creator Awards Regional Semi-Final events around the globe, plus one Global Finals event in New York City in January 2018. According to previous winners, these awards can be a game changer for companies and organizations looking to reach the next level.

The event will be a celebration of entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity, with attendees having the opportunity to shop local member and non-member products at the pop-up market and make connections at the job fair in partnership with Jobbio. In addition to the pitching, the second half of the evening will feature the announcement of the winners and live musical performances, followed by a celebration into the night.

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