Accelerators and Media Labs

In general, there are many initiatives that aim to support media in their business development. Around the world, many ‘accelerator’ programmes and  ‘media (innovation) labs’ have sprung up. These initiatives generally draw from the innovation and (lean) design perspective to support media outlets. Often, they combine mentoring/coaching with seed funding to support start-ups or innovative ideas. Here, we list the initiatives we are aware of:

NB: Unfortunately, since these programmes generally are themselves dependent on grant funding, some are short lived – so this list will not always be up to date.

Name of the initiativeGeographical focus
Engaged Journalism AcceleratorEurope
New Ventures LabBrazil
JamLab Accelerator ProgrammeSouth Africa
Media Factory, News AcceleratorGlobal
South Africa Media Innovation ProgrammeSouth Africa
Next Media AcceleratorEurope
Digital News Innovation ChallengeCanada
VelocidadLatin America
SVDJ AcceleratorThe Netherlands
Facebook Local News AcceleratorGlobal
Media Lab BayernGermany
The Information AcceleratorUSA
A-LabThe Netherlands
Matter VenturesUSA
Journalismus Lab NRWGermany
MediatiSouth Korea
APA MedialabAustria
ICFJ Knight FellowshipsGlobal
GNI Innovation ChallengesGlobal