- WeWork Creator Awards Greater China Finals wrap up at West Bund Art Center in Shanghai, China
- Business Venture, Performing Arts, Non-profit and Community Giver award winners in the Greater China Finals are announced
- Winners of these four categories in the Greater China Finals receive approximately several million Hong Kong dollars of awards, and will compete for global championships in New York in early 2019
- The finale features the award ceremony with two master classes, a job fair, the Creator pop-up Market and an after party
Hong Kong, 1 May 2018 | The Greater China Finals of Creator Awards pioneered by WeWork, the world’s leading shared office space, interactive community and service provider, wrapped up at West Bund Art Center in Shanghai, China, earlier in April. New Venture, Performing Arts, Non-profit and Community Giver Award winners in the Greater China regional competition were announced. The WeWork Creator Awards made its debut in Greater China, gathering enthusiastic participants filled with inspiration to overcome challenges along the way. The award highlighted WeWork’s goal to drive creators in Greater China to make their mark and support innovators in Greater China going global.
The finale of the exciting competition came to an end in Shanghai, China. In the application period with less than three months, WeWork received an overwhelming amount of applications with fresh ideas and creativity across Greater China. It was a tough decision for judges to select the winners, because of the high quality of the applications. After arounds of discussion and evaluation, finally, the judges made up their mind. My Modoo Pregnancy Device won the New Venture Award, receiving an award of about HKD 2,806,000; Yuedong Jumping Rope and Chinese A Cappella group Calculasian shared the Performing Arts Awards, and each received an award of about HKD 139,000; Angel House Cerebral Palsy stood out and won the Non-profit Award with an award of about HKD 1,577,000; Community Giver Awards were shared between BaoSquare and Beijing Women’s Network, and each of them was rewarded around HKD 559,000.
“I love China. If a global corporation has no presence in China, then it is nothing,” said Adam Neumann, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, WeWork. “Similarly, the creativity of China has gained the attention of the world, and a series of regional competitions of the WeWork Creator Awards have offered creators a platform to unleash their innovation and connect them with other passionate innovators across the world. Through the bond built by WeWork, they encourage and inspire each other to achieve success, creating a powerful synergy that is like ‘1+1=11.’”
“We are honored that Angel House Cerebral Palsy won the WeWork Creator Awards, and grateful for this recognition as it has reaffirmed our team’s efforts and achievements in driving China’s mass entrepreneurship and innovation,” said New Venture Award winner My Modoo Pregnancy Device. “This win will not only push us to keep up the good work in the future but will also give us funding and resources required for My Modoo Pregnancy Device to expand its business in other markets and take our business to new heights.”
On the day of the final competition, innovators who aspire to make their dreams come true, gathered again and met leaders of top enterprises, judges and other entrepreneurs from all over Greater China. The judges included Alan Ai, General Manager, WeWork Greater China; Angela Dong, General Manager, Nike Greater China; Mary Ma, founder of the Design brand Mary Ma; Harry Hui, Founding Managing Partner, ClearVue Partners. After the finalists delivered their enthusiastic elevator pitches, the winners took home the trophies and awards presented by Alan Ai, General Manager, WeWork Greater China.
“The debut of WeWork Creator Awards in Greater China represents WeWork’s commitment to expanding further in Greater China. We also hope to support more local creative talents and entrepreneurs to take the leap and pursue excellence through funding and WeWork community’s resources worldwide,” said Mr. Alan Ai, General Manager, WeWork Greater China. “The thriving Chinese market enables WeWork to create beautiful workplaces and connect people across the globe. We are also taking the lead to empower creators of Greater China to dream big.”
In addition to the award ceremony, WeWork also set up a number of interactive sessions during the finale of the WeWork Creator Awards in Greater China. In the master class, industry leaders such as William Li, Founder of NIO; Token Hu, Co-founder of NIU; Chen Yao, Project Lead of IDEO Shanghai; Qiu Bing, CEO of Pear Video; Liu Lidan, CEO of Design Affairs Shanghai, and Claire Chung, General Manager of Yoox Net-A-Porter China, shared the keys to success at work and inspiring stories outside of work with the audience. In the job fair, talents and visionary companies communicated face-to-face, offering the valuable chance for graduating students and youngsters to build their network and capture life-changing working opportunities. In the bustling Creator pop-up Market, guests talked to different designers, craftsmen and artists. Many of them bought their favorite products, learned unique stories behind the products, even built friendship with the designers and artists. Last but not the least, Wordy and Cara, popular DJs in China, were invited to perform at the after party, ending the event on a high note.
The winners of four categories in WeWork Creator Awards in Greater China regional final received approximately several million Hong Kong dollars of awards. They will compete with top entrepreneurs worldwide for global championships in New York in early 2019. Moreover, all contestants that pass the primary selection will receive a free one-year We Membership. Although the Creator Awards in Greater China has ended, this is just the beginning of WeWork’s commitment in empowering creators going global. WeWork will continue to support creators to unleash their potential through numerous initiatives in the future.
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