May 25, 2017
July 5, 2017
Events Detroit

Magic in the motor city

On May 25, WeWork in partnership with Rock Ventures and Detroit Demo Days awarded more than $1 million to Midwest creators.

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What went down

From the Creator Market where Motor City designers sold their goods to the job fair where Midwest professionals connected with forward-thinking employers, the Detroit Creator Awards were a true celebration of local community. Guests connected over noshes from local food trucks, Detroit makers demonstrated the art of screen printing, and Shinola CEO Tom Lewand and Chief Brand Officer of Ford Musa Tariq hosted Master Classes.


Master Class with Tom Lewand and Musa Tariq at WeWork Merchant Row


At the award ceremony, finalists gave passionate pitches about how their projects are creating change, and several winners across categories took home funding to make their goals reality. Musician Wyclef Jean closed out the evening with an inspired performance that brought the crowd to their feet.

Detroit Winners

From a group that sponsors theater productions in a women’s prison, to a company that markets vintage athletic shoes, our Detroit Creator Awards winners dream big. Browse winners by category below.

Incubate Awards $18K-$36K

Launch Awards $72K-$180K

Scale Awards $180K-$360K

What Winners are saying

“Helping immigrant girls learn English has been a dream of mine since I started teaching. Winning a Creator Award will help us get to the next step.”

— Emily Kane Director of Education at Girl It Forward

“I can’t describe how awesome I feel right now. It’s like I went to the moon and back with Elon Musk.”

— Grace Hsia CEO of Warmilu

“By the end of the summer, we want to launch with more than 100 restaurants on our app. The prize money from WeWork will help us make sure we’re ready to go.”

— Josh Walters Cofounder of Feedback App



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