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In the Creator Zone categories, winners receiving $2,500 each were: LifeSpark — Boss Helmet, a Jacksonville company working to reduce concussions in football via impact reduction. HealthSpark — Jax Cooking Studio, a Jacksonville company that offers hands-on cooking experiences for adults, teens and children while empowering them to choose nutrient-filled foods. TechSpark – Sympo, a Jacksonville company connecting individuals in conferences, and makes it easier to preview and follow up with participants in symposiums. Worldspark — Ollies, a Jacksonville company that empowers and employs survivors of human trafficking as well as individuals living in extreme poverty in Thailand, to create handcrafted shoes, apparel and bags. MindSpark — Jax Kid's Mural Project, a Jacksonville company that provides creative opportunities for under-served youth so they can find the confidence needed to persevere through the challenges in life. Ollies also won Creator of the Year. They had the most votes overall and received an additional $7,500 to earn a total of $10,000 in prize money, according to event organizers. “We currently have 14 survivors of human trafficking. We give them jobs through entrepreneurship and we put them through trauma therapy,” Olivia Kern, who along with Courtney Sloane founded Ollies, told Times-Union news partner First Coast News. By making handcrafted products, that are ethically and locally sourced, each item empowers the survivor to continue building a life for them and their family. Kern and Sloane traveled to 18 countries and discovered the need to mentor survivors so that they could impact the community.
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