l-r; Ruthie Lindsey and Sophia Bush attend the WeWork Creator Awards Austin at ACL Live at The Moody Theater in Austin, Texas. Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for WeWork

NASHVILLE, TN — WeWork is the platform for creators. The organization provides beautiful workspace, an inspiring community, and meaningful business services to tens of thousands of members around the world. From startups and freelancers to small businesses and large corporations, 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.  The really good news is that WeWork is coming to Nashville in the fall 2017, with locations in Downtown and East Nashville.

Co-founded by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey in New York City in 2010, WeWork is a privately held company with over 2,000 employees. WeWork by the Numbers 120,000+ members 140+ locations 45 cities, 15 countries 70% of our members have collaborated, 50% have done business together Companies with 15+ desks as their fastest growing member segment

WeWork recently hosted an intimate dinner event in East Nashville, with actress and activist Sophia Bush and designer, influencer and Nashville resident Ruthie Lindsey, Adam Wacenske (WeWork’s general manager of the South), along with Lyon Porter. The event featured discussions on the collaborative, communal heart of Nashville, which parallels to that of WeWork as well as the Creator Awards mission. “One of the things that strikes me so much every time I come to Nashville is that this place is such a community,” says Sophia Bush about Music City USA. “You know what I love about this place is that it has a very collaborative feel and it doesn’t feel very competitive. It just feels open and welcoming. I get excited every time I come home and it’s because of the people, and that’s what WeWork is all about, you know these collaborative workspaces,” Ruthie Lindsey.

The Creator Awards is a major new global initiative established by WeWork to recognize and reward the creators of the world – across all industries and all stages of growth – by granting over $20 million to entrepreneurs, small businesses, growing companies, non-profits, artists, and more. In addition to the financial awards, WeWork brings Creator Awards to life through a series of regional events where communities come together for interactive forums to support passion, innovation, and impact.

How It Works:   Any individuals or organizations interested can apply online at creatorawards.wework.com. Select finalists are invited to present at one of seven regional events. All events are open to the public. The financial grants are available to creators in three categories with the intention of offering an opportunity to as many different types of creators as possible.

Categories are:

● The Incubate Award: Individuals with an idea or a project that needs funding ($18k – $36k)

● The Launch Award: Businesses/ nonprofits that have launched but are still learning ($72k – $180k)

● The Scale Award: Businesses/ nonprofits with record of success, ready for next level ($180k – $360k) Regional Events Creator Awards include a series of regional events with programs and pitches followed by a ceremony and celebration. All events are open to the public.

Eligibility:  WeWork members and non-members, individuals and organizations; for-profits and nonprofits at any stage are eligible to apply for Creator Awards. You do not need to be a WeWork member to apply. The Global Finals Creator Awards Global Finals will take place on November 30th, 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Winners from each regional event will present a second time for additional awards. The website For more information, event details and applications: https://creatorawards.wework.com

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