An Austin entrepreneur whose company has been focused on industrial 3D printers for emerging countries, won a $1 million award Wednesday night. Samantha Snabes, founder of re:3D, was one of two $1 million winners at the WeWork Creator Awards Global Finals at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The other winner, J. Kevin White, runs a nonprofit called Global Vision 20/20. The awards were given out by WeWork CEO Adam Neumann and “The 4-Hour Work Week” author Tim Ferriss, who recently moved to Austin. The ceremony also included performances from Macklemore, Soren Bryce and DRAM.
Snabes was a research associate at Aastrom Biosciences and founder of BioFlow Technology, a company that was focused on stem cell growth. She was also a strategist at the NASA Human Health and Performance Center. She was one of seven people competing for the grand prize out of 152 regional winners.
Of the award, Snabes said, “There’s been very few people since the beginning that have really bet on this concept we had in 2012: to make a toilet-sized 3D printer powered by trash. To know now that this is going to become a commercial reality in 12 to 18 months, it’s just mind-blowing.”
In other WeWork news, the company announced it has signed a lease for a fifth Austin location. The new WeWork will be opening its doors this summer at 801 Barton Springs, across the street from The Long Center, the company said.
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