Waterloo-based news app Ground named WeWork Creator Awards finalist

Waterloo-based Ground, which uses AI and geofencing to tackle fake news, has been selected as a finalist for the WeWork Creator Awards, which will host its semi-final event in Nashville on September 13.

Ground has developed a tool that uses geofencing and AI to help consumers access news from over 15,000 news organizations. The company’s goal is to combat fake news by using AI and location confirmation tools to confirm news reports.

The company was selected as a finalist from a pool of over 1,700 applicants from across Ontario, United States, and Puerto Rico. During the semi-final event, Ground will pitch its idea in front of an audience for a chance to compete for over $700,000 in funding, with prizes ranging from $18,000 to $360,000.

Ground will have the opportunity to compete for an award in one of three categories including:

  • Business Venture Award: for entrepreneurs and companies with innovative ideas ($130,000 – $360,000 awarded).
  • Nonprofit Award: for big and small charitable organizations ($72,000 – $130,000 awarded).
  • Performing Arts Award: for entertainers and groups with a unique point of view ($18,000 – $72,000 awarded).

WeWork said this year, the Nashville Creator Awards will feature judges such as Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary, and Florida Georgia Line. Winners from the semi-final event will advance to the Creator Awards Global Finals in New York in January 2019.

Last year, two Toronto entrepreneurs won a combined $60,000 in the Creator Awards’ incubate category.
Photo via Ground.

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.