JERUSALEM – May 15, 2018WeWork – the community company committed to helping people create their life’s work – announced today that its 2018 Israel Creator Awards will be held in Jerusalem’s Pais Arena on June 20 with the participation of some of Israel’s most famous artists and performers and thousands of guests from around the world.

Launched last year, the Creator Awards is a global initiative recognizing and rewarding the creators of the world, and includes hundreds of thousands of dollars in available awards per city for individuals, businesses, and organizations.

Since launching the program in March 2017, WeWork has given away more than $16 million in Creator Awards funding and has received more than 9,000 applications from creators in cities all over the world.

More than 5,000 people attended the first Israel Creator Awards event in Tel Aviv last October, where winners were awarded $1.4 million. One of the regional winners in Tel Aviv – EyeControl – won an additional $500,000 at the Creator Awards Global Finals in NYC.

“We are honored and excited that WeWork has chosen to host its largest-ever Creator Awards event in the Pais Arena in Jerusalem,” said Zion Turgerman, CEO of the Arena. “We are going to work very closely with the WeWork team to ensure that this will be the very best event they have held to date.”

The Creator Awards is open to both WeWork members and companies outside of the WeWork network. Applicants are invited to submit for an award in one of four categories:

  • Performing Arts Award: for entertainers and groups with a unique point of view ($18k – $72k awarded)

  • Community Giver Award: for those making a difference in their local community ($18k – $72k awarded)

  • Nonprofit Award: for charitable organizations big and small ($130k – $360k awarded)

  • Business Venture Award: for entrepreneurs and companies with fresh ideas ($130k – $360k awarded)

Following a review process, finalists from the region will be chosen to present live in front of a panel of judges at the Jerusalem event.

The Creator Awards is intended to acknowledge and empower those who exemplify the WeWork mantra: “Create Your Life’s Work.” A creator is anyone who brings a new idea into the world, pursues a passion, and believes in something greater than oneself. From artists, performers, and educators to entrepreneurs, startups, and nonprofits, creators are making the world a better place every day.

The event will be a celebration of entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity, with attendees having the opportunity to learn new skills at master classes, shop member products at the pop-up market, and make connections at the job fair. 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.

Since March 2017, WeWork has hosted more than 20,000 attendees across nine Regional Semi-Final Creator Awards events around the globe, plus one Global Finals event in New York City in early January 2018. In addition to Jerusalem, Creator Awards events have already taken place in Mexico City, Shanghai and San Francisco, with additional events planned for Nashville, São Paulo, Seoul, London and Berlin. The winners of the Regional Semi-Final events will then be eligible to present at the Global Finals for the chance to win additional funds in January 2019.

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