BUILD THE FUTURE OF MEDIA
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Build your own Media Startup

The media world needs new ideas and it needs you! Whether you have absolutely no idea what you want to do or if you and your team are just about to take off – we will support you in creating innovative digital media products.

Media Entrepreneurship Program

You have no team, no concrete product idea, no clue about start­ups, but you are passionate about innovation? Get started with our Media Entrepreneurship Program.

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Media Startup Fellowship

You already know: The world wants your product? You and your team are only waiting to finally make it happen? Then apply directly to our Media Startup Fellowship.

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WAIT… WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “MEDIA”?

Topics

  • Messaging & Bots
  • AI, Algorithmen, Machine Learning
  • Data­ and Robot Journalism
  • Payment, Paid Content, new Business­Models
  • Distributed & Social Media
  • Personalized & Atomized Content
  • Audio & Podcasting
  • 360°­Video, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality
  • Mobile Storytelling & Reporting
  • Media Ad Tech, Native Advertising
  • Influencer, Marketing, PR
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Tech-Startups

  • CMS & Services
  • Tools for Newsrooms
  • Ad Tech
  • Plattforms
  • B2C­Products, Apps
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Content-Startups

  • Forms for new technologies (Bots, Algorithmen, etc.)
  • Plattform­Forms (Messenger, Live, Snapchat)
  • Innovative Advertising
  • Mediabrands for Special-Interest topics
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MEDIA ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM
Find your Startup Idea!
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You think most media products don’t really fit into our lives? You have some sort of idea how to change that, but you are not quite sure how much start­up­-potential is in your idea? Or are you still looking for team-members?

In our Media Entrepreneurship Program you will develop new media products, that fit perfectly into our market and our lifes. Within two month you will come up with a profoundly tested idea and a couple of co-founders whith whom you can apply to our Media Startup Fellowship.

YOU WILL LEARN…

  • Trends

    Become acquainted with the latest trends and find the most promising field for your media start­up.

  • Team

    Find co­-founders and get to know them by working in preliminary teams, choose from 20 people in one program.

  • User-Centered Design

    Learn how to create products users really want.

  • Ideation

    Develop a start­up-­idea from your newly acquired knowledge and find innovative products.

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WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Developers

Current news-­products seem uninspired? Build your own tools, platforms or apps.

Designer

Design first! The digital world needs user­-centered ­design. Develop the ideal news product.

Journalist & News-Enthusiast

You know exactly how to tell a story or how newsrooms work? Invent media for the digital world.

Business-Developer

You can sell just about anything and know exactly how to make money? Great! Digital media needs you!

Facts and Deadlines

Applications can be submitted

September 4th 2016, 00:00 midnight

Selection Process

Until mid of September

Duration of Programme

October 1st – November 30th

Mandatory Time

Part-time, minimum of ten hours a week, one mandatory evening session per week

Transition to Media Startup Fellowship

After the Media Entrepreneurship Program, you can take part in the final boot­camp with your team and your idea in order to get accepted into the Media Startup Fellowship.

WHAT YOU NEED

A Vision

You love innovation and want to bring new products into the news sector from whatever angle, technology, design, business or storytelling you are passionate about news.

Know-How in your Field

Your time in university is (almost) up and thanks to some trainings, internships or first jobs you are already know a lot about your profession, in which you are a real pro – be it technology design, marketing or journalism.

No Team

Within two month we will put together teams in different constellations so you can really get to know and find teamplayers you can start your empire with.

The Drive to start a Startup

Even if you do not know everything there is to know about start­ups – we will teach everythin you need to know and you can test your entrepreneurial skills in a safe space.

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MEDIA
STARTUP
FELLOWSHIP
Turn your Idea into a Media Startup!
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You already have a team and a well tested idea, you know the market is waiting for your product? In our Media Startup Fellowship we offer mentoring, business ­coaching, workshops and budget to turn your start­up-idea into a minimum viable product.

6 MONTHS

January – June 2018

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15.000 €

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OFFICE IN MUNICH

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DEADLINE: 31. OCTOBER

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Apply now
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WE WILL WORK ON

  • Ideation

    Use agile and iterative processes to optimize your product until it shows its real potential as a media start­up.

  • Validation

    Use Lean­ Start­up methods, to test your product and find out what users really want.

  • Business

    Find an attractive business model and develop market fit.

  • Skaling

    Develop a roadmap and strategy to rapid growth.

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WE OFFER

Coaching

Once a week our coaches help you with questions, they teach efficient methods and help you work out a business plan and financial strategy.

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Mentoring & Workshops

Media-­mentors offer valuable insights into the field. In workshops on UX, marketing, social media, public speaking or pitch training you can improve your product over and over again.

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Contacts

Profit from our network of partners in the field of digital media, broadcasting and publishing houses!

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Workspace

We have offices, meeting­ and workshop facilities in the heart of Munich with a fantastic coffee maker – all for free.

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Services

We offer free access or attractive discounts on software and cloud­services for your project (i.e. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft BizSpark, etc.).

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Prototyping-Budget

Within the four month your team will be provided with a 10.000 Euro prototyping­ budget.

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PARTNER FELLOWSHIPS

Some fellowships will be offered with partners. You apply regularly to our fellowship and if your idea fits into the vision of our respective partner you can get our partner fellowship which means additional support for you and your team.

Make advertising better!
Digital change has also hit the field of ad marketing: advertising is changing. And as a media house, which also lives by advertising sales, we want to know: „Changing how?“ What are the approaches to make advertisements more attractive to customers, agencies and advertisers? How is it possible to communicate messages closer to the customer’s interests? Where are the new concepts that make advertising better so as not to be perceived as annoying advertising?

We are therefore looking for a start-up, which in its business model has committed itself to the slogan „Improve advertising“.
As a media house, we feel committed to the interests of our readers, but we also want to help our advertisers achieve their goals. In the search for a balance which is profitable for all sides, we are open for your ideas!

Does you startup work on taking advertising into the 21st century?
Then apply to Media Lab Bayern.

Do you have a concrete approach to an unusual campaign?
Then get in touch with us and we will realize it together at SZ (print and digital)!
Johannes Klingebiel
089 2183 9922

To apply the criteria for the Media Startup Fellowship must be fulfilled: Functional team with user-centered idea, which is already validated on the market and can be developed into the MVP in the six months. Applications are submitted using the general application form.

YOU NEED

Team

You are a complete and functional unit who can create and make your product. If technology is your focus, you ideally have coders among you, if content is what you want to do, storytelling is your wheelhouse.

Innovation

The hundred­and­first online magazine on topic x is not what we are after. We want projects which have a completely new twist or use innovative technology. We support projects which are true pioneers in their field, using fascinating technology ­ which really push into the future of news.

Validation

You not only have an idea but you also tested your idea, you interviewed your target group sufficiently and know they are yearning for your product? Perfect, then you are ready to build your minimum viable product.

Commitment

The majority of your team should be in Munich for four month during the fellowship to work on your project full time. Also you can be here for coaching appointments and mentoring sessions.

Facts and Deadlines

Applications can be submitted

untill October 31st 2017, 00:00 midnight

Selection Process

We invite the best teams to join our Lean­Start­up boot­camp in December, where you will work on your projects for three days and after the final pitch we will make a decision, who gets accepted into our fellowship.

Duration of the fellowship

January 1st to April 30th 2018

Bootcamp

December 7th to 9th 2017

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OUR STARTUPS
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BATCH #1

AUGUST 1 2015 – JANUARY 31 2016

Camperstyle – Camperstyle is a multimedial and international platform for campers. It provides information, tutorials, travel tips and stories.

Der Kontext Der Kontext is a digital contextual magazine, which gives users the opportunity to dive into a map of information.

Soundticker – Personalized music combined with personalized news. Soudtickers places an individualized choice of news into any music stream.

tangnt news – A news site which employs gamification elements to motivate users to upload articles and discuss with the users.

Nele Landero Flores

camperstyle.net

Contact: team@camperstyle.de

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Julia Köberlein

derkontext.com

Contact: mail@derkontext.com

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Tom von der Isar

soundticker.de

Contact: info@soundticker.de

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Tobi Steinhausler

tangnt.com

Kontakt: toby@tangnt.com

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BATCH #1

AUGUST 1 2015 – JANUARY 31 2016

Camperstyle – Camperstyle is a multimedial and international platform for campers. It provides information, tutorials, travel tips and stories.

Nele Landero Flores

camperstyle.net

Contact: team@camperstyle.de

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Der Kontext Der Kontext is a digital contextual magazine, which gives users the opportunity to dive into a map of information.

Julia Köberlein

derkontext.com

Contact: mail@derkontext.com

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Soundticker – Personalized music combined with personalized news. Soudtickers places an individualized choice of news into any music stream.

Tom von der Isar

soundticker.de

Contact: info@soundticker.de

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tangnt news – A news site which employs gamification elements to motivate users to upload articles and discuss with the users.

Tobi Steinhausler

tangnt.com

Kontakt: toby@tangnt.com

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BATCH #2

FEBRUARY 15 – AUGUST 15 2016

Bohème Bohème encourages a culture of digital reading for premium e-newspapers and e-magazines. The app enables users to access the publications for free as long as they are in a certain location, such as coffee-places, restaurants or trains.

Holodeck 4.0 – Holodeck 4.0 revolutionizes the way we experience content. Virtual Reality and sensors turn viewers into active participants.

Jornu – Subscribe to journalists not newspapers. Follow independent writers who publish premium articles and create your own newsdesk according to your interests.

SnapTrack – SnapTrack is a management suite for Snapchat, you can create Snapchat Stories with as many accounts as needed. It also delivers Snapchat analytics which allows users to optimize their stories according to KPIs.

Amadeo Gaigl

myboheme.com

Contact: info@myboheme.com

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Florian Carls

jornu.com

Contact: presse@jornu.com

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Marvin Göldner

vanishtale.com

Contact: marv@vanishtale.com

BATCH #2

FEBRUARY 15 – AUGUST 15 2016

Bohème Bohème encourages a culture of digital reading for premium e-newspapers and e-magazines. The app enables users to access the publications for free as long as they are in a certain location, such as coffee-places, restaurants or trains.

Amadeo Gaigl

myboheme.com

Contact: info@myboheme.com

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Holodeck 4.0 – Holodeck 4.0 revolutionizes the way we experience content. Virtual Reality and sensors turn viewers into active participants.

Jornu – Subscribe to journalists not newspapers. Follow independent writers who publish premium articles and create your own newsdesk according to your interests.

Florian Carls

jornu.com

Contact: presse@jornu.com

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SnapTrack – SnapTrack is a management suite for Snapchat, you can create Snapchat Stories with as many accounts as needed. It also delivers Snapchat analytics which allows users to optimize their stories according to KPIs.

Marvin Göldner

vanishtale.com

Contact: marv@vanishtale.com