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Three UK non-profit founders announced as Creator Awards finalists

Cemal Ezel Change Please
Three UK non-profit founders announced as Creator Awards finalists

Three UK non-profit founders have been shortlisted as finalists in the global Creator .

Hera Hussain, Founder of CHAYN, Cemal Ezel (pictured), Founder of Change Please, and Emily Mathieson, Founder of Aerende will go to London on Thursday (25 October) to showcase their organisations to a panel of judges for their chance to win prizes ranging up to $130,000.

CHAYN is a global volunteer network addressing gender-based violence by providing free online resources to help those in need, while Change Please is a London-based which trains and supports homeless people to work in its coffee outlets, and Aerende offers a range of products from around the British Isles created by people who are unable to access or maintain conventional employment in the UK.

Awards were available to Creators from multiple categories including Performing Arts, Non-profit, and Business Venture. The London Finals will be held at Printworks London, and will feature a panel of international judges including: Ashton Kutcher, Hollywood Actor and Entrepreneur; Vanessa Kingori MBE, VOGUE Publishing Director; Michelle Kennedy, app entrepreneur; and Jonas Templestein, Co-Founder of Monzo. In addition, twice Grammy-winning producer and DJ, Diplo, will headline the event.

The Creator Awards is a global initiative established by WeWork to recognise and reward creators from around the world, providing winning individuals, start-ups, non-profits and established businesses with the extra funding they need to take their ideas to the next stage.

Eugen Miropolski, Managing Director for WeWork Europe + the Pacific, said:

“We are very excited to be bringing The Creator Awards to the UK again this year. The standard of entries to the competition has been fantastic, which has made it incredibly challenging for our team to select only five finalists for each category.

“The Creator Awards are an amazing opportunity for aspiring businessmen and women to really shout about their ideas, entrepreneurship and their passion. I’m looking forward to hearing everyone’s pitches and wish all the finalists the best of luck with the next stage of the competition.”


Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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