National tech education nonprofit Girl Develop It (GDI), with its thriving Philly chapter and locally based executive director, is on the verge of vying for big cash on a big stage.
ED Corinne Warnshuis will compete as a finalist for WeWork’s Nashville Creator Awards on Sept. 13. It’s the regional semifinal event of the coworking megacompany’s international pitch competition, where nonprofits, startups and performers present their organization’s “fresh ideas” for the chance to win between $18,000 and $360,000; nonprofit entrants can win between $72,000 and $130,000.
Warnshuis said GDI applied to participate earlier this summer and was notified it had been selected as a semifinalist in early August. It then advanced to the finalist round after she pitched to a panel of judges (including iFundWomen CEO and founder Karen Cahn) in New York City this past Monday.
Awards are available for nonprofits with new or expanding efforts; GDI falls into the latter category, said Marketing Director Marisa Catalina Casey.
“These include: our program teaching incarcerated women to code, which completed a successful pilot and is now in its second year continuing with the original cohort while adding two additional ones; rolling out our web and software development classes in Spanish to even more chapters; reaching out to more underserved populations; and increasing the scholarships we can offer,” she wrote in an email.
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“We’re excited to have recently celebrated surpassing 100,000 members and we’re looking forward to the next 100,000 members.”
This January, Quaker City Coffee Company, the Center City-based, profit-sharing coffee roaster that makes it a point to hire returning citizens, won $75,000 in a regional competition and was a semifinalist in the global awards, though it didn’t win.
Here’s every finalist selected for the Nashville Creator Awards Regional Semi-Final event on Sept. 13:
Nashville Business Venture Finalists
- Chris Brown — Contract Canvas (Kansas City, Mo.)
- Melissa Long — Ground (Waterloo, Ontario)
- Janett Liriano — Loomia (NYC)
- Anthony Brahimsa — Prommus (Chicago)
- Stephanie Benedetto — Queen of Raw (NYC)
- Stephen Rose — The Peach Truck (Nashville)
Nashville Nonprofit Finalists
- Maria Vertkin — Found in Translation (Boston)
- Olakunle Oladehin — Everybody Dance Now! (NYC)
- Corinne Warnshuis — Girl Develop It (Philadelphia)
Nashville Performing Artist Finalist
- Melanie Faye (Nashville)
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