FAQ

Get the answers to all your Creator Awards questions here.

How do I apply?

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What information do I need to apply?

Applications require basic information about your idea, business, or organization, as well as a 90-second video introducing yourself, telling us what you do, why you’re passionate about it, and how you would use a funding award if you win. You will not be able to submit your application without the video.

Can I start my application and come back to it later?

Yes, you will be able to save your application in the system and return to it later if needed.

Does my Creator Awards video need to be professionally produced?

No. We’re not judging your video based on production quality, so feel free to pull up a chair and record yourself on your phone or computer. You can keep it simple with a direct-to-camera speech sharing your business story and why you love doing what you do. Just be sure to keep it under 90 seconds (64 megabytes) in order to attach it to your application.

Do I have to be a WeWork member to apply or participate?

No. Both WeWork members and non-members are invited to apply.

Does my project fit the Creator Awards?

Absolutely! Whether you’re an entrepreneur, performer, startup, or nonprofit, we encourage you to take the plunge and fill out an application. What do you have to lose?

In which category should I apply?

The Performing Arts category is meant for live performers interested in sharing their talents on the Creator Awards stage. The Nonprofit category is meant for registered NGOs, charities, and nonprofit organizations. The Business Venture category is meant for startups, entrepreneurs, or established enterprises. As a heads up: If we believe your project fits better in a different category than the one in which you applied, we may move you into that category. 

I’m working on several different projects. Can I apply more than once?

No. It’s one application per entity, per person, meaning only one person per business can apply, and you as an individual can only apply once. Please prioritize and choose carefully.

I applied for a Creator Award in 2017. Am I eligible to apply in 2018?

Yes. Please refer to the regional eligibility for 2018 to ensure you apply for the correct regional event. 

If I won a Creator Award in 2017, am I eligible to apply in 2018?

All 2017 incubate winners are eligible to apply in one of the new 2018 categories. If you were a Creator Awards finalist in 2017 at the Launch or Scale level but did not win, you are welcome to apply again in whichever category you’d like. To create as many opportunities as possible, past Launch and Scale winners are not eligible to apply for the Creator Awards the year following their win.

My business has several locations. Where should I apply?

Apply in the region where your business has its headquarters.

Are creators in all countries eligible?

We’re excited to bring the Creator Awards to new regions in 2018. See eligibility below. Click here to read our full Terms and Conditions.

I live in one of the 8 countries where Creator Awards are happening this year. Where’s my regional event?

US & Canada

  • If you’re based in Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, you’re eligible to apply for the regional event in San Francisco.
  • If you are based in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, you’re eligible to apply for the regional event in Nashville.

Outside US & Canada

    • If you’re based in Mexico, you are eligible to apply for the regional event in Mexico City.
    • If you’re based in the UK or Ireland, you are eligible to apply for the regional event in London.
  • If you’re based in Germany or Amsterdam, you are eligible to apply for the regional event in Berlin.
  • If you’re based in Israel, you are eligible to apply for the regional event in Jerusalem.
  • If you’re based in the Mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau, you are eligible to apply for the regional event in Shanghai.
  • If you’re based in Brazil, you are eligible to apply for the regional event in São Paulo.
  • If you’re based in South Korea, you are eligible to apply for the regional event in Seoul.

What are the event dates and application deadlines for the 2018 Creator Awards?

Mexico City

Event Date: February 1, 2018
Applications Deadline: Closed

Shanghai

Event Date: April 12, 2018
Applications Deadline: Closed

San Francisco

Event Date: May 10, 2018
Applications Deadline: Closed

Jerusalem

Event Date: June 20, 2018
Applications Deadline: Closed

São Paulo

Event Date: August 28, 2018
Applications Deadline: Closed

Nashville

Event Date: September 13, 2018
Applications Deadline: Closed

London

Event Date: October 25, 2018
Applications Deadline: Closed

Berlin

Event Date: November 15, 2018
Applications Deadline:  September 28, 2018

Seoul

Event Date: To be announced
Applications Deadline: January 10, 2019

What if I can’t attend my city’s regional event?

Please email us at creatorawards@wework.com

My regional event is in a city outside of where I live. Will you cover travel expenses if I’m selected as a finalist?

If you’re selected to move forward as a finalist and you live outside the metro area of the city hosting your regional event, WeWork will work with you to book and cover the expense of roundtrip travel and one hotel room for yourself and one guest.

How do I participate in the Creator Market or job fair?

Please email creatorawards@wework.com with your location and details about your business.

I just submitted my application. What happens next?

Our judging committee carefully considers each and every application before choosing finalists. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we cannot offer personalized feedback; however, we will get in touch to let you know whether or not you’ve been selected. Applicants will be notified approximately two weeks before their regional event.

How much time will selected finalists have to prepare their live pitches or demos?

Nonprofit and Business Venture finalists will have a minimum of one week to prepare their in-person presentation.

How many awards are available in each category and region?

The number of awards in each category and region may vary.

What is the investment structure?

We have different investment structures based on the region/event. Click here to find the rules that apply for your event.

Did we miss something? Still have more questions?
Email us at creatorawards@wework.com.

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