Huge cash prizes up for grabs in WeWork’s The Creator Awards

PUBLISHED: 11:20 13 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:09 13 July 2018

We, The Creators Cambridge panel discussion

We, The Creators Cambridge panel discussion

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Global competition promoted with panel discussion at the Tamburlaine Hotel in Cambridge

Simprints wins Scale category of The Creator Awards, run by WeWork, September 2017. Christine Kim, left, and Alexandra GrigoreSimprints wins Scale category of The Creator Awards, run by WeWork, September 2017. Christine Kim, left, and Alexandra Grigore

Have you entered The Creator Awards yet?

The global competition from collaborative workspace company WeWork provides individuals, start-ups and SMEs with the extra funding they need to take their ideas to the next stage - and Cambridge companies were among the winners last year.

WeWork promoted the awards at a free event and thought-provoking panel discussion at the Tamburlaine Hotel in Cambridge on July 4, attended by more than 50 entrepreneurs, creatives and other members of the business community.

Titled We, the Creators: Cambridge, the event was part of a summer event series from WeWork to mark The Creator Awards. Cambridge was chosen because of its thriving entrepreneurial and creative communities.

The panel featured:

Clare Sutcliffe MBE

Clare co-founded Code Club in 2012, a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-13. In 2016 she led Code Club in a merger with Raspberry Pi Foundation - a charity founded to promote the study of basic computer science in schools.

Previously Clare was a UX designer and art director in the mobile, tech and advertising sector. She has been nominated as one of the most influential women in UKIT by Computer Weekly and was awarded an MBE for services in technology education in the Queen’s 2015 New Year’s Honours List.

Christine Kim and Alex Grigore, of Simprints, at the Department of Chemistry in Lensfield Road. Picture: Keith HeppellChristine Kim and Alex Grigore, of Simprints, at the Department of Chemistry in Lensfield Road. Picture: Keith Heppell

Colin Miles

Colin founded Somersault in 2011 and is on a mission to build the world’s number one video agency.

Somersault works with high profile and ambitious businesses, providing a full breadth of video, animation and digital content services; consultancy and strategy, all aspects of production, distribution and performance analysis.

They have been named the best small business in Cambridge and were previous winners of the Best Employers Award for the East region too.

Ali Dover

Ali Dover is a blogger, professional photographer and woven wrap designer, living on the Cambridgeshire Fens with her three children. She cares deeply about the values of freedom and creativity, and is passionate about helping parents to discover the joy of carrying their babies in woven wraps. Ali’s Instagram platform boasts over 100k followers, and her woven wraps are purchased by parents from all over the world.

Christine Kim

Christine is the drector of Strategic Parnerships at Simprints, a not-for-profit tech company which has developed an affordable, secure, open-source fingerprint system to empower NGOs and governments fighting poverty around the world.

Last year Christine and her colleague Alexandra Grigore won the Scale Award at The Creator Awards - walking away with £270,000 in funding from WeWork.

With a background in development economics and a career dedicated to international development, Christine’s role is to bring together and develop long-term strategic partnerships around Tech4Good.

How to enter the awards

Awards are available to ‘creators’ in three different categories - ‘Performing Arts’, ‘Nonprofit’ and ‘Business Ventures’ - with the intention of offering an opportunity to as many different people as possible.

The cash awards vary in amoung: Performing Arts winners could secure $18,000-$72,000, non-profits could scoop $72,000-$130,000 and business ventures could secure $130,000-$360,000.

Entrants are invited to apply via an online form and finalists for each category will then be invited to pitch their projects and businesses at the UK’s regional finals in October.

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