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Queens businesses can apply to win funding for their businesses in a competition in Nashville.

WeWork, a coworking company committed to helping people create their life’s work, launched the Creators Awards to acknowledge and empower those who exemplify the WeWork mantra: “Create Your Life’s Work.”

Applications for the businesses on the Eastern region of the United States, Ontario and Puerto Rico are now being accepted for the Regional Semi-Finals, which will be hosted in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sept. 13.

Applicants can submit for an award in the following categories:

  • Performing Arts Award, slated for entertainers and groups with a unique point of view. A total of $18,000 to $72,000 will be awarded.

  • Community Giver Award, which is reserved for those making a difference in their local community. A total of $18,000 to $72,000 will be awarded.

  • Nonprofit Award, given to charitable organizations big and small. A total of $72,000 to $130,000 will be awarded.

  • Business Venture Award, for entrepreneurs and companies with fresh ideas. A total of $130,000 to $360,000 will be awarded.

Finalists from the region will present live in front of a panel of judges at the Regional Semi-Final event, which will take place at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, Tennessee. The winners of the Regional Semi-Finals will be eligible to present at the Global Finals for the chance to win additional funds in January 2019.

The first Creators Awards was held in Washington, D.C., in March 2017. Since then, WeWork has hosted more than 20,000 attendees across nine Regional Semi-Final Creator Awards events around the world, including New York City, San Francisco, São Paulo, Mexico City, Seoul, London, Berlin and Jerusalem.

Since it’s creation, WeWork has received over 9,000 applications and given away over $16 million.

The event will also offer master classes, shop member products at the pop-up market, networking opportunities and live musical performances.

Any business is welcome to apply, regardless of whether or not they are a member of WeWork. Past Queens winners include Saeed Jabbar, executive director of Inclusion, Karim Abouelnaga, CEO & founder of Practice Makes Perfect, and Manal Kahi, co-founder and CEO of Eat Offbeat.

Applications will be accepted until July 20. For a full list of rules and qualifications, visit we.co/creatorawards_nashville.

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