March 24, 2017
July 6, 2017
Events Washington DC


On March 28, creators from the DC, Boston, and Philadelphia metro areas received more than $1 million in funding to take their ideas out into the world and create change.

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What went down

When guests gathered at Washington, DC’s Mellon Auditorium for the Creator Awards, it was the first event of its kind. Local purveyors and designers sold their goods, professionals and area employers connected over conversation, and Sweetgreen CEO Jonathan Neman and Axios co-Founders Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei shared their experiences in candid conversations known as Master Classes.


Master Class with Jonathan Neman

The order of the day was creating an atmosphere where community could blossom—and this celebration delivered. At the award ceremony, creators took the stage to win funding and recognition for their projects, which had the crowd feeling all the feels. DJ Mark Ronson closed out the evening with a soundtrack fit for the start of something big.

DC Winners

The top winners at DC’s Creator Awards were all female—including top winner and journalist Jay Newton-Small, whose Memory Well project catalogs life stories with the aim of improving care for Alzheimer’s patients. See our full list of award recipients below.

Incubate Awards $18K-$36K

Launch Awards $72K-$180K

Scale Awards $180K-$360K

What Winners are saying

“This award will help us transform the work we do. We’ll be able to reach more adults, and help them move into careers where they earn a living wage.”

— Elizabeth Lindsey Executive Director of Byte Back

“The Creator Awards was a badass event. When I saw that a lot of women got funding, I was thrilled.”

— Arion Long Founder of Femly

“ Winning a Creator Award would mean that we could start producing eyeglasses. Imagine providing glasses to all the students in an entire country. It would be amazing.”

— Kevin White Executive Director of Global Vision 2020