Byte Back wins big at the inaugural WeWork Creator Awards - Technical.ly DC

Access

Mar. 29, 2017 12:03 pm

Byte Back wins big at the inaugural WeWork Creator Awards

The 20-year-old nonprofit won the largest grant of the night and now aims to scale into Maryland.
At the D.C. Creator Awards.

At the D.C. Creator Awards.

(Photo by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier)

Leave it to WeWork to give a pitch competition party vibes.

On Tuesday, selected entrepreneurs from around the D.C. area gathered at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on Constitution Avenue for the kickoff of WeWork’s yearlong Creator Awards — a grant program via which the coworking company aims to give a total of $20 million to “creators” around the world. After a day featuring a job fair, masterclasses and a makers market, at around 8 p.m. it was time for the final pitches.

Entrepreneurs in three categories (“incubate,” “launch” and “scale”) took the stage for a 60-second bid to win the judges favor. All in all the evening saw 25 winners walk away with more than $1.5 million total in grants, but it was Byte Back that really won big.

The 20-year-old nonprofit that teaches basic computer skills to underserved D.C. residents won the top grant in the scale category — $360,000. “The feeling tonight when we won was unbelievable,” Byte Back Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey said in a statement. “This award will help Byte Back with tech training and support, and we will be able to reach so many more people in our region as well as look to a national expansion.”

Specifically, she mentioned on stage, Byte Back wishes to expand into Maryland.

Once the pitches were over the party really got started — the evening featured drinks, plenty of little doughnuts by District Doughnut and a performance by DJ Mark Ronson.

Advertisement

From here WeWork’s Creator Awards will continue a global roadshow. The next event will take place in Detroit in May.

Companies: Byte Back, WeWork
-30-
CONTRIBUTE TO THE
JOURNALISM FUND

Already a contributor? Sign in here
Connect with companies from the Technical.ly community
New call-to-action

Advertisement

Revolution’s next Rise of the Rest road trip is heading to 4 states in April

This month’s Startup Social event will include a pitch competition

Lyft’s DC advisory council drove $25K in transportation grants to local nonprofits

SPONSORED

DC

How this software engineer’s career change has helped her make change in the world

Philadelphia

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters: Jr. Motion Graphic Designer

Apply Now

Philadelphia

URBN

URBN: User Experience (UX) Designer

Apply Now

Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post

Professional Services Engineering Lead

Apply Now

AWS will host Virginia Startup Demo Day on Nov. 14

Washington Redskins’ Josh Norman announces grant to fund innovation lab

WeDC Futures Forum defined a private-public vision for the connected DMV

SPONSORED

DC

Introducing ‘Off the Sidelines,’ a new podcast series about startup investing

Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post

Digital Analyst – Audience Development & Analytics

Apply Now

Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post

Manager, Software Engineering, Professional Services

Apply Now

Philadelphia, PA - Center City

Odessa

Sr. Project Manager – ERP Implementations

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Dc

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!