WeWork hosted the first Creator Awards Thursday night in Nashville with Ashton Kutcher and Florida Georgia Line.
“These creator awards are not just sweeping the nation, these Creator Awards are sweeping the world,” Kutcher said at the opening of the show.
Awards were given in four categories: performing arts, community giver, nonprofit, and business venture.
The business venture award required the candidates to give a one minute company pitch to a panel of judges, followed by three minutes of questions. The judges were Ashton Kutcher, Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line and Dia Simms.
Local favorite The Peach Truck was one of the finalists in this category. They explained they wanted to expand their company beyond selling only during peach season, which only lasts three months. Plans are in the works to release a peach preserve and cookbook at a later time.
Notables who attended the event included Lily Aldridge, Nashville Predators P. K. Subban, Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn, Hunter Hayes, Jesse James Decker, and Tennessee Titans Kenny Vaccaro, and Living with Landyn’s Landyn Hutchinson.
Winners of Creator Awards
Business Venture Award:
Queen of Raw -Stephanie Benedetto, New York City -($360,000)
Prommus – Anthony Brahimsha, Chicago -($180,000)
Loomia -Janett Liriano, New York City- ($72,000)
Found in Translation -Maria Vertkin, Boston, MA ($72,000)
Girl Develop It – Corinne Warnshuis & Sally MacNicholas, Philadelphia, PA ($50,000)
Everybody Dance Now! – Kelli Forman, New York City($50,000)
Performing Arts Award:
Melanie Faye, Nashville, TN – ($18,000)
Community Giver Award:
Good Good Good – Branden Harvey, Nashville, TN ($36,000)
See our video of Ashton Kutcher introducing the awards and The Peach Truck’s business pitch below.
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