In case you skipped on the newsletter last week (shame on you), we’re telling ya again: The Nashville Creator Awards are taking place tonight, September 13 at Marathon Music Works. Award finalists—this year’s finalists include local favs The Peach Truck and Melanie Faye—will pitch their ideas in front of a panel of expert judges including Ashton Kutcher and Florida Georgia Line for the chance to win big. What is big? Well, WeWork has committed to giving away up to $600,000 in funding over the course of the evening, so we’ll let you be the judge of that one.
But there’s more going on here than just startup capital. In addition to pledging to personally hire 1,500 veterans and 1,500 refugees over the next five years, WeWork has also gotten 27 companies participating in Creator Awards around the country to hire more vets and/or refugees.
The Nashville awards will include a job fair hosted by 30 Nashville companies (plus a few national companies), all of which are coming together to offer a combined 1,100 job opportunities. There will also be market where 24 local companies like Ranger Station, Artaya Loka, Valor Bands, and Original Fuzz will sell their wares.