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During the ceremony, emcee Brian Sexton, the voice of the Jacksonville Jaguars, invited several Creators to the stage to pitch their projects. Envelopes containing a total of $1,000 were distributed to members of the audience, who were instructed to give them to the Creators with the best pitches.
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“As different as creators are, there are ultimately a few very common themes to success,” Rivas said. “You need inspiration, encouragement, resources, a receptive audience, fast market validation and feedback to succeed. In simple terms - if you can’t connect with resources, if the odds are continuously stacked against you, then you’re bound to fail. And in some instances, why even start? We thought, ‘Why not make it easier for creators? Why not create a community behind great ideas? To push those ideas along?’ ”