This year again Slush broke new records: 17 500 attendees from over 120 countries including 2336 startups and 1146 investors. The startups represent a wealth of different industries ranging from IoT hardware and robotics to food tech and clean energy. But one particular field has always been overshadowed by the big ones: media.
Earlier this fall we received a message from The Global Editors Network (GEN), an organisation that reaches over 30 000 chief editors, publishers and media influencers around the world. We were thrilled to have the chance to form a partnership between GEN and Slush.
GEN together with Journalism.co.uk organises a program called Startups for News that showcases some of the most exciting, fresh startups in the field. Startups for News program has been introducing startups to media outlets for the last four years. Slush is giving the winning group startup passes for Slush 2017 in Helsinki, held on November 30–December 1.
“Our goal with Startups for News is to provide our network of editors-in-chief with a careful selection of startups whose tech they can use to create and deliver engaging quality content,” says Evangeline de Bourgoing, who is the Director of Programmes at Global Editors Network.
The Global Editors Network is seeking out the best and most ingenious startups whose mission is to bring innovation to newsrooms around the world. The Startups for News program gives startups that have developed tools or services for newsrooms the chance to pitch and engage with hundreds of editors-in-chief and senior media executives from all over the globe.
To apply, news and journalism startups should send their applications to GEN by January 1st, 2017. Eligible startups should have a tool or a service that helps journalists solve daily problems; be no older than three years old; and should not have received more than 1 million euros in external investment.
After an initial review process by an international jury of media experts and established entrepreneurs, 16 startups will move to the next stage of “online battles”. Every week, two startups with similar themes will post video presentations to the GEN website and a combined vote from the public and the jury will determine a finalist.
The eight finalists will then be invited to the GEN Summit, one of the world’s biggest gatherings of editors-in-chief, senior media executives, journalists and tech experts. The GEN Summit will take place in Vienna in June 2017. Slush will also be present at the GEN Summit.
The finalists will pitch on the main stage before a final vote from the jury and thus gain exposure and media coverage. The winning startup will benefit from private mentorship sessions with GEN’s board members, a booth on GEN Summit 2018 and Startup Passes for Slush 2017.
Apply for the program here.
Photo: Jussi Hellsten
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